Umeme Promises More Power Reliability after Network Investment

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Umeme has embarked on stakeholder engagement meetings with various stakeholders across the country starting with Northern Uganda to explain the company’s planned projects aimed at improving power reliability in the communities.

The main objective of the meetings is to inform customers in the districts of Lira, Gulu and Kitgum about the scheduled supply reliability improvement projects in the month of February, and the likely short term impact in terms of outages and supply interruptions to customers.

Speaking during the stakeholder engagements in Northern Uganda, Umeme Head of Communications and Marketing Peter Kaujju said, “We are focusing on stakeholder engagements to share with the people and also let them know all the plans that we have and the investments on the network.”

Adding: “For the last three days, we have been in Northern Uganda where we are carrying out a lot of investments and rehabilitation of the network, replacing lines, beefing up our sub stations in Gulu and Lira, doubling capacity to ensure that there is enough reliability of power. We were engaging the customers informing them that we would have a short-lived inconvenience to enable us bring about reliability and relief at the end of this period.”

Peter Kaujju (R) Umeme Head of Communications interacts with Gulu RDC Odong Latek Stephen during the stakeholder engagement meeting in Lira.

John Baptist Magulu, the Umeme Customer Service for the Northern region, said they are currently carrying out a Substation Capacity Upgrade (10MVA at Gulu & 40MVA at Lira) as well as addressing redundancy on the network (Current load – 5.1MVA) and Create space for Acwa dam generation (41MW).

The Gulu City Resident District Commissioner, Odong Latek Stephen, while speaking in Gulu said, “People do not seem to understand the difference between Umeme and other sector players. Everything to do with electricity is perceived as Umeme. Therefore, the stakeholder engagements are an important platform for informing us the leaders about the planned projects. This in turn helps us to communicate better to the communities and inform them exactly what is happening and the benefits that will accrue out of the projects investments.”

Latek said there is improvement in the service delivery and the supply from Umeme, but the unit cost of electricity is still high for the ordinary man. He also appealed to the government to increase the connections so as to drive down the cost of electricity when there are many people on board.

The RDC applauded Umeme for helping government achieve its VISION 2040. He said the engagements were a good move and urged the stakeholders to take positive message to the public.


Source – ChimpReports

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