Residents of Ngarama parish in Ngarama Sub County, Isingiro
district are protesting the delayed connection of their area to the power grid
by the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL).
The affected residents are from the villages of Ishozi, Ngando, Biharwe,
Mitooma, Kamutinda, Kyamburara, Rugando, Bushenyi, Kyanjungu, Kabare, Karerema
and Kyakabindi. Only the villages of Ngando, Mitooma, and Kyangu were connected
to the grid.
The angry residents note that they have waited for over seven
years and now want the government to intervene.
John Amateeka, the LC Ishozi cell says that power lines were connected through
the area without transformers to link supply to households for domestic and
He says that their area was
overlooked during the power distribution process.
“Imagine the next village has power but here we don’t have this
implies that we were ignored intentionally”, he said.
John Bigirwa, the parish chief Ngarama, says that since
2013 when the mainline was installed in their area they have never received power.
Bigirwa says they spend between 4,000 and 6,000 Shillings on saloon services
because they have to travel to the next trading center to Kabingo which is 20 kilometres away.
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He says most youths are now idle because their hopes
of starting businesses were dashed.
Innocent Muhwezi, a resident, says they have written to the relevant
authorities since 2016 in vain.
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He says they were asked to buy their transformer if they wanted to
Godwin Muhame, an engineer with UEDCL Rugaaga office, says that
the affected villages were not considered in the current phase. He asked the residents to petition
the government or the Rural Electrification Agency- REA
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Under the Rural Electrification Program, President Museveni pledged to connect several rural areas across the country to the national grid for purposes of spurring