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High costs cripple electricity connection

NEBBI.

Nebbi district leaders have raised concern over the high electricity installation cost imposed by West Nile Rural Electrification Company (Wenreco) on consumers.

During an energy planning meeting on integrated energy in lower local government sectors on Monday at the district planning unit boardroom, the district health officer, Dr Jakor Oryema, said the cost of acquiring electricity still remains a main challenge to its beneficiaries because of the high cost.

“The intention of bringing power down to the communities is a good idea, but many people may still find it a challenge to get connected to electricity due to the high installation cost,” Dr Jakor said.

He added that Shs2m per electric pole was very expensive for an ordinary Ugandan.

The planning process
The town clerk Pakwach Town Council, Mr Stephen Odongo, blamed the ministry of energy for not involving district leaders and key stakeholders in their planning process of determining the cost of poles.

The manager West Nile Rural Electrification Company (Wenreco), Mr Joseph Ezimale, said they (Wenreco) do not levy the fee as is thought by the customers but by Electricity Regulatory Authority. He appealed to their customers to ensure that some of the procedures Wenreco followed are approved by the ministry and Wenreco, saying they only implement them.

SOURCE: DAILY MONTIOR

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