UMEME gets funds to increase electricity connectivity around the country

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Electricity distributor UMEME limited has secured 258 billion shillings funding to support its planned investments in the electricity distribution network.

Selestino Babungi the managing director UMEME says the funds from Stanbic Bank, Standard chartered bank, and the Dutch Development Bank allow the company to reinforce the net work over the next two-three years, to expand the system, drive efficiency and increase electricity connectivity . The financing will see Umeme increase grid connection by one million customers; improve reliability of supply across the country.
“Umeme aims to make investments in the network necessary to drive industrialization and to create efficiency throught reducing technical losses on the network” said Babungi.

According to Babungi, they need to get the losses down to 13 percent by 2025, add 2 million households to the national grid, and to improve reliability to ensure provision of safe, reliable and quality power to all households.

Patrick Bitature the chairman of the UMEME Board revealed that the company is in discussions with the government to seek the electricity distribution concession beyond 2025.

This he said “ would allow the company to raise the much needed capital to evacuate and uptake the power from Karuma/ Isimba and increase connections to achieve government of Uganda’s access target of 40% by 2025”.
The company will also use part of the syndicated funding led by International Finance Cooperation –IFC to convert the remaining 250,000 customers onto prepayment billing system.

UMEME has so far rolled out one million prepaid meters and collecting for the sector 99 per cent of the money that is billed used to pay the transmission company and generators.

Court will be delivering Kabaka’s appeal ruling at 4pm

By Sania Babirye

High court Judge Patricia Wasswa Bassaza has set this eveening to deliver a ruling on whether or not to allow the  Kabaka of  Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi to appeal against  her decision in which she compelled the Kabaka to  disclose particulars  of bank accounts  to one of his  subject  Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka.

This afternoon Justice Basaza concluded hearing the application where Kabaka claimed to be aggrieved by the order.

  Christopher Bwanika representing the Kabaka told court that the order issued on the 5th  of June 2017 forcing the Kabaka to disclose financial statements at Stanbic and Bank of Africa in the names of Buganda Land Board where monies collected from occupants of the kingdom land is banked is unfair.

Justice Bassaza also ordered that Mabirizi be availed with   particulars of all the  occupants before 30th  of June for inspection and internalization  so that he can prepare his case in which he is challening the Kyapa Mungalo.

The Kabaka  is seeking permission from justice Basaza to challenge  her orders before the Court of Appeal since he does not have an automatic right of Appeal unless he is allowed by her.

According to the Kabaka the right to privacy of his other occupants who voluntarily registered and  do not wish their affairs  to go public  will be violated since they are even not parties interested in this case if he is not allowed to appeal.

Bwanika further explains that Mabirizi has neither  brought evidence to show that any tenant  has been coarsed or threatened  in any form to register nor any evidence showing that himself is a tenant who has been given authority to lawful represent others.

Mabirizi says  the Kabaka should not impose  registration  fees ranging from shs100,000  to Shs 600,000 on his occupants settling on the kingdom’s land because it belongs to the public and the Kabaka us just a trustee.

Sack the minister- Democratic Party

By Robert Ssegawa

Democratic party have tasked president Museveni to sack minister for water Ronald Kibuule over the miss conduct over the security female guard at Mukono Stanbic bank.

Kenneth Paul Kakande DP spokesperson says that the government has on several occasions agitating the public to be security conscious regardless of one’s status.

He says that Kibuule’s actions can’t not be accepted in today’s Uganda and that if possible he should resign before being sacked and that also he should be counselled and dp is willing to free counselling services. Track

Democratic Party wanted police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kawesi to parade Kibuule like he has been doing to other suspects who committed assault.