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Dark days ahead as Government suspends free electricity connection


KAMPALA- The Government of Uganda has temporarily suspended the free electricity connection program which has been ongoing since 2018 due to unavoidable financial constraints related to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

This was revealed by the Head of Communications at Umeme, Peter Kaujju in a public notice to customers today dated 29th, July 2020.

The Government of Uganda has been implementing the Electricity Connection Policy (ECP) with a prime objective of increasing electricity access and providing cleaner energy to Ugandans.

 ” The Policy is aimed at achieving an average of at least 300,000 connections per annum,” reads an excerpt from the utility’s notice.

According to the Head of Communication at Umeme Peter Kaujju, the program is funded and managed by the government of  Uganda through Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and covers what they called the last mile connection.

“Customers received 100% subsidy and are expected to pay Ugx 20,000 for inspection before the house is connected,” said Kaujju.

Kaujju said that however, due to realignment of priority of resources by the government which is partly because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Electricity Connection Policy has been suspended until further notice.

Kaujju however said that Umeme alone has so far connected 245,310 connections, and those who had paid will be informed when the program resumes.

Here below is the full notice issued by Umeme

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Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaijahttps://theinformerug.com/
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.

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