Residents storm Umeme offices over power cuts


Masaka Municipality residents have raised concern over what they describe as unfair electricity disconnection by power utility firm Umeme.

The aggrieved residents who stormed Umeme offices early this week, claim their power is cut off sometimes when their bill arrears are less than Shs20,000.

According to Haji Musa Gava, a resident of Kigamba-Kijjabwemi in Masaka Town, Umeme officials are making it a habit to disconnect his power even when he has no debt with them. “Umeme officials have twice disconnected my power without notice, yet I had cleared my bill,” he said

Last month, Ms Kase Mubanda, the woman MP Masaka District, stormed Umeme offices demanding an explanation as to why her power had been disconnected without giving her a bill.

Ms Mubanda said she had just made an aance payment of Shs100,000, but when she returned from Kampala, she found her power supply disconnected.

“If an MP is tortured like this, what about the poor people in villages?” the legislator said.
But Mr Allan Tusuubira, the Umeme credit supervisor in Masaka, told Daily Monitor that a person is only given 24 hours to clear the bill after which power is disconnected.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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