By Solomon Hamala
UMEME is set to refurbish the 20 kilometer Iganga – Bugiri power line with a Shs2.5 billion facility in order to reduce on the frequent power outages.
The Stake Holder Relations Manager UMEME, David Birungi while addressing political leaders, Resident District Commissioners, religious leaders from Bugiri and Iganga district at Hotel Continental in Iganga Municipality on Tuesday July 18 said refurbishment work is expected to start next month (July) and be completed within end of September.
He said the refurbishment work will involve replacement of old poles, transmission wires and transformers.
“Many of the poles are rotten and are always blown down during times of heavy rain downpour,” he said.
Birungi urged political leaders to mobilize locals to support the work so that it becomes successful.
He said the delay to refurbish the power line for the past few years has been as a result of shortage of funds.
“It has been known everywhere that the power line between Iganga and Bugiri has for long been on and off but we kindly ask for forgiveness because it has not been of our own making,” he said.
He said as a result of vigilance by UMEME staff, power losses as a result of theft have been reduced from 38 percent during the past ten years to 16 percent.
Birungi said upon completion of the refurbishment work on the Iganga to Bugiri power line, millers will be able to fully carry out their work uninterrupted thus improving on their profits unlike in the past.
The Regional Customer Relations Manager UMEME, Mario Ouma urged power consumers to always report any corrupt members of staff who demand bribes while in the field as a way of phasing out the vice.
Ouma appealed to political leaders to lobby for the reduction in prices of electricity and also convince locals to consume more power through setting up new connections.
The LC 5 Chairman Bugiri, Hajji Marijani Azalwa said he has on several occasions been denied to speak during public functions because of the frequent power outages.
“People think am the one who is reluctant to address the problem to the relevant authorities,” he said.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Iganga, Eva Nalongo urged locals to utilize the available power to set up income generating activities to improve on their household incomes.
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