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Uproar as WENRECo Declares Week Load Shedding in West Nile

“WENRECo informs its customers that there will be load shedding of electricity supply from Monday 16th to 22nd August…the areas affected include Arua Central Business District, Zombo Nebbi Pakwach …among others,” reads the notice in part.
Copy of WENRECo Letter Notifying Power consumers of One Week Loadshedding.

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There is a general uproar in Arua central business district and some parts of West Nile following an announcement by the West Nile Rural Electrification Company-WENRECo about the planned load shading for the next one week. 

On August 16th, 2021, WENRECo issued an announcement informing power consumers about the planned load shading that will run between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for the entire week owing to fuel supply challenges.  

“WENRECo informs its customers that there will be load shedding of electricity supply from Monday 16th to 22nd August…the areas affected include Arua Central Business District, Zombo Nebbi Pakwach …among others,” reads the notice in part.       

WENRECo explained that the decision stems from fuel supply constraints to run the four thermal plants at Euata, which generate 8.5 Megawatts to supplement the 3.5 Megawatts generated by Nyagak Hydro plant in Zombo district.    

The decision has not gone down well with many electricity consumers who are now struggling to look for alternative power. Some of the electricity consumers in greater Arua are considering taking legal action against WENRECo while others have called for government intervention to immediately connect the region to the national grid.    

//Cue in; Nyagak does not have.…                

Cue out; tired of this source of power…. // 

Michael Angunda, an artistic designer in Arua City, who has now resorted to running a generator to power his business says that there is a need for the government to intervene to save power consumers struggling to survive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  

//Cue in; Generator sound.…           

Cue out; review the contract…. //   

Jacob Anguyo, a medical worker with Medicines Sans Frontiers-MSF who is attached to the COVID-19 Treatment Unit at Arua Regional Referral Hospital, says that the load shedding is already affecting Oxygen production.  

Anguyo says they have appealed to the office of the Resident City Commissioner to forge away with the power company to consider removing the hospital Oxygen plant from being load shaded.      //Cue in: “In our report of.…    

Cue out:…our prayer and wish,”//      

Dickson Adomati, the Arua Deputy Resident City Commissioner has promised to convene an emergency meeting to reverse the situation or seek an alternative for some essential power users.   

//Cue in; tomorrow I’m going.…    

Cue out; which doesn’t go off…. //   

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