The Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited- UEDCL has taken
over power distribution in Bundibugyo District. It replaces the
Bundibugyo Energy Cooperative Society- BECS.
In 2009, Bundibugyo Energy and Cooperative Society won the
concession to manage the power line in the district.
According to the concession, the cooperative took the responsibility for power
distribution, maintenance of the power lines and managing the revenue from
BECS has also been supplying power to Ntoroko and some parts of
However last month, the Electricity Regulatory
authority (ERA) suspended its operations for alleged gross mismanagement
The company has been experiencing financial challenges of late. In
2019, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) closed the company offices in Bundibugyo town for alleged
failure to remit an unspecified amount of money in taxes. It also
failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the license and the money
compliance guidelines including failure to plan, upgrade and expand its
It’s also accused of failing to remit over 4.5 Billion Shillings
to Uganda Electricity Transmission Company limited for the power it was
Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako the Chief Executive
Officer ERA says that the government will continue to offer maximum supervision
to UEDCL to ensure compliance with the license.
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Paul Mwesigwa-UEDCL Managing Director said they have had a smooth
transition that will not disrupt the power distribution to clients. He
adds that within a month they will rebuild and rectify all customer records to
clear all irregularities caused by BECS.
UEDCL has also introduced a new team of technical supervisors. Some
of the former BECS staff has also been incorporated into the new field
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The Chairperson Board of Governors BECS
Justus Nkayarwa Banjombe blamed their woes on Rural
electrification Agency-REA and Electricity Regulatory Authority-ERA who failed
to give them guidance and hands-on supervision.
He says that last year, REA had proposed a recovery plan for the
cooperation, which was never implemented.
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Judith Bambona operating a saloon in Bundibugyo town asks UEDCL to
review the electricity tariff, which she says are too high for small business
BECs had made over 1,500 connections comprising domestic
consumers, businesses and industrialists.
Before Thursday UEDCL had over 77,448 customers spread across the
61 districts of operation.