KANUNGU- Kinkizi West Member of Parliament Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka together with the LC 5 Chairman Eng. Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo on September 2nd 2021 held a meeting with the Minister of Energy Hon Ruth Nankabirwa to discuss issues of electricity lot and supply to Kanungu.
Minister Nankabirwa was accompanied to the meeting by the Executive Director of Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) Eng Ziria Waako, the Managing Director of (UEDCL) Paul Mwesigwa and other Team of Engineer’s from ERA, UEDCL, Rural Electrification Agency, and Ministry of Energy.
Kajojo remarked the following on the Supply managed by UEDCL and formerly Ferdisult Company lamenting that all business sectors that depend on usage of electricity in Kanungu have been affected and some businesses closed down where people have lost food items daily in their homes and businesses.
Hon Kaberuka on the other hand revealed that electricity has never been on for two consecutive days and whenever it’s threatens to rain power is switched off.
He also noted that the tourism sector which contributes huge sums of revenue to the country with over 120 Hotels in Kanungu District alone, Electricity loadshedding has greatly affected operations of the industry.
The loadshedding has also affected small scale business entrepreneurs including welders, manufacturers and Tea Factories whose cost of production of has gone very high affecting their operations.
He also asked for power switch board at Kanyantorogo Town Council to control power supply from Ishasha dam in ensuring consistent supply, which was constructed and completed in 2012 but has never been put to use.
During the meeting both short term and long intervations were agreed upon to regulate and improve on the efficiency of the current network system to improve earthing systems on transformers.
The meeting came up after residents in Kanungu District threatened to demonstrate over continuous loadshedding but this was called off when assurance was made to improve on the supply of electricity in the district.