Ruth Nankabirwa, the minister of Energy and Mineral Development has said destruction of electricity infrastructure is like terrorism. For this reason, the government should deal with it the same way it deals with terrorism.
She says this vice has become so rampant and has caused a lot of issues with the electricity in the country. She said this while speaking to the media during a press conference.
“In the last two years alone, the government has lost over $2 billion to the vandalism of electricity infrastructure. We have to deal with this vice the way we deal with terrorism. Vandalism continues to cost the sector billions of shillings. We have requested for the services of the UPDF to guard key electricity infrastructure such as transmission towers and substations,” said Nankabirwa.
She emphasized that as the government, they owe Ugandans affordable electricity. She says this is being worked upon by all means.
“We have a duty to sell affordable power to the Ugandan people and the government is working to reduce electricity tariffs across the board. There is a question of why we sell power to Tanzania and Kenya, yet we don’t have enough power. Instead of having this redundant power, especially which we don’t use past midnight, we decided to get some revenue from it by selling it to our neighbours,” she said.
Electricity has been an issue lately all around the country. However, UMEME has been working round the clock to make sure there is stability.
President Museveni at some point a few months ago had threatened not to extend their contract with UMEME but no one knows how far this will go.
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