The implementation of the Rural Electrification Project has caused uproar among residents and local leaders in Kalungu district.
At least 24 village chairpersons in Lwabenge Sub County have complained
to the district leadership about the rampant corruption tendencies that have
marred the project implementation in their areas.
They accuse the contractors who were hired to build the power line
in the area of manipulating the project through extortion.
Government through the Rural Electrification Agency-REA hired
TETRA Engineering Services Limited to construct 167 kilometres electric power
line to extend power to Kalungu district.
Moses Ssenkubuge the chairperson of Bugomala A village accuses
TETRA Staff of demanding for bribes from the residents to be considered in the
He argues that some residents that do not pay the bribes have been
left out of the project.
Patrick Ssebunya, the chairperson of Kalumaga parish accuses the contractor of being selective while
choosing the beneficiaries. He explains that many intended beneficiaries may be
left out due to failure to pay bribes which will eventually limit coverage of
power in the area.
//Cue in: “Kalumaga
Cue out; ….bwatyo bweyagenze.”//
John Kalema, one of the affected persons argues that despite complying
to the contractors’ demands for a bribe, he has never been connected to the
power line. He explains that one of the project site managers identified
as Rashid Mayanja, took advantage of the public overzealousness to getting
power and went around the community soliciting for bribes from residents but to
their dismay, he has since March this year disappeared before connecting them
to the line.
//Cue in: “bwetwagenda mu lockdown…..
Cue out; …..bagala
David Ssegawa, the Lwabenge Sub County chairpersons has asked the
village leaders to compile lists of all the affected residents to help them in
pursuing the culprits, who he accuses of sabotaging a government’s
well intentioned project.
Engineer Jacob Joshua Ewalu the extension officer at TETRA
Engineering Services has blamed the residents for accepting to pay the bribes
despite being cautioned.
He says they are going to study the complaints and if possible help
the aggrieved communities recover their money.