Two UMEME field officers are nursing injuries
after being attacked by Busia residents for disconnecting their meters.
The two officials whose
names were not readily available were attacked in Kisenyi A village in the Western Division of Busia Municipality after residents found them on one of
the poles disconnecting claiming
that it has an illegal power connection.
Some residents whose meter boxes had earlier on been disconnected and impounded by the
UMEME officials rounded them
up and beat them up.
They confiscated some meter boxes that the Umeme field officers had impounded from other villages within Busia town.
Isa Abdu, a resident of Kisenyi A village, says that they were surprised
to see the UMEME officers disconnecting their meters without clear
//Cue in: "Okutubba
abasaja babbi nyo abo,"//
Irene Samuel, another resident, says that they are tired
of the frequent UMEME operations in their area where they disconnect power lines,
impound meter boxes and even make arrests yet they get the meters from UMEME offices.
She appealed to relevant UMEME authorities to
re-organize their field officers
and stop unnecessary operations that have left most people
disorganized in the area.
//Cue in: "Bagamba mbu bu
Bernard Wandera, says that they reacted by beating
up the UMEME field officers because they couldn’t listen to their explanations despite showing them proof that they are legitimate power
//Cue in: "Tebaze yadde
Cue out:..umeme biri mugavument,"//
Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that the Umeme field officers have filed a case of assault at Busia central police station.
He faults the Umeme officials for failure to notify security about their operations to validate meter boxes in the area.
Both Luganda and English audio:
//Cue in: 'The only
out:..been warning them,"//
Hilda Waiswa, the UMEME team leader declined to
comment on the matter.
The UMEME officers were still recording statements at
Busia central police station by the time of filling this story.