Migereko orders Umeme to shift poles

Gulu- The Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Daudi Migereko, has ordered electricity distributor Umeme to relocate electricity poles on Tegwana Ring Road in Gulu Municipality, to pave way for development.

The road is one of the five major ones in the town that was selected for upgrading at the tune of Shs16 billion with support from World Bank under the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Programme.

Mr Migereko, who was addressing stakeholders at a ground-breaking ceremony of Civil Works Construction Projects in Gulu last week, said he had received several complaints from the authorities who accused Umeme officials of sabotaging development plans.

“The complaints I have received from the municipal authorities accusing Umeme officials are overwhelming. They are lagging behind construction works by the recommended contractors which is a setback in development. The two parties must come to consensus and resolve the matter amicably,” Mr Migereko said.

The town mayor, Mr George Labeja, accused Umeme officials of installing electricity poles on some roads without consulting municipal engineers.

“Whenever we approach the officials to remove and relocate the electricity poles, the cost for removal and transportation is carried on to in turn affects implementation of our developmental plans,” Mr Labeja said.

Mr Migereko, however, did not stipulate the time frame for the company to remove the poles, but said its regional manager, Mr Tom Awuzu, must remove them at their own costs.

Mr Awuzu, however, said according to the company’s policy, Umeme does not incur any cost for removing and relocating the electricity poles.
He said they will inform the Umeme head office about the matter.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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