Police in Namanve industrial park are investigating the
officials of Orion Transformers and Electrics Limited for allegedly vandalizing
transformers belonging to power distributors, Umeme limited.
Orion Transformers and Electrics Limited specializes in the
supply, repair and export of industrial automation equipment. It is one of the
companies contracted by Umeme to repair its transformers.
However, Umeme claims to have discovered a warehouse, which Orion officials
have been using to vandalize their transformers. Over 50 transformers of 300
and 500 KVA were found immersed in oil in the warehouse.
Aaron Tibezinda, the head of Security and Investigations
in Umeme, says they are working with security to get to the bottom of the
matter. Another Umeme officials told URN on condition of anonymity that Orion
has been conniving with some Umeme officials to write off some transformers.
“We have taken some good time following up on this matter. What
these people do is removing copper bindings and oil from transformers that can
easily be repaired. They sell some of the copper at a cost of about Shillings
10 million from a transformer of 500 KVA,” he notes.
Our reporter saw several transformers at the site without
the copper wires. However, Liu Hanlin, the manager of Orion Transformers and
Electrics has dismissed the allegations, saying the contested warehouse is an
extension of their workshop. He however, couldn’t explain what the copper wires
were missing from the transformers.
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Darlington Eiru, the Officer-in-Charge Namanve Police
Station says they are closely monitoring the warehouse until investigations are
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Orion Transformers and Electrics Limited came into the
limelight recently when it was fronted by the Education and Sports Ministry to
supply radio receivers to complement the long-distance learning program.
However, the more than Shillings 300 billion suffered a setback when MPs visited
the company premises and only found two radio sets delivered by DHL from China.