POOR POWER SUPPLY IN WESTNILE HAS PERSISTED
By Goodluck Musinguzi
The People of West Nile region have been raising the issue of power supply without headway. Sons and Daughters of the region have decided to make it a campaign vote so that they use this time to put it back on agenda.
Karuma hydro power plant on river Nile is 97% complete meaning it could provide enough power and export to the region. Evacuation power lines are being built and can be seen on the road to Arua.
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Other leaders have been talking without progression the issue of poor power supply in W. Nile. Power supply has turned into a song but this time a candidate that addresses this issue will be thought about according to those pushing it.
Small generators greet you on the streets of major towns including Arua because of power blackout. Others compliment with solar to help them running the small businesses.
A lot of demands have been made before to the leader of government business on several occasions to have the power needs of the region addressed but all has passed without action.
Voters demand senior leaders to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni so that issue of electricity can be addressed before the 2021 general elections.
West Nile currently experiences load shedding for more than 12 hours and according to Eng. Alfred Ambayo, the distribution manager West Nile Rural Electrification company- Wenreco the water level at Nyagak has gone down due to the dry season, making it difficult to run the three turbines.
Meanwhile Electromax that currently runs eight generators to add on to what is generated from Nyagak hydro power dam has been hit by shortage of fuel to run the generators, making them operate only for five hours instead of 12 hours.
Lawrence Songa Biyika, the chairperson West Nile Parliamentary Forum has appealed to the government to have the region fully connected to the Karuma Dam power and further cautioned that if the issue of electricity and bad roads are not addressed, the next elections could become a challenge for the NRM.
According to the NRM supporters and MPs in West Nile, if the roads, electricity and other pledges by President Museveni over the years for West Nile are not fulfilled this time round, the 2021 elections will be difficult to win by all NRM candidates.