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Unused electricity is a damning indictment- Uganda

By:Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

The government has said the country’s stock of unconsumed electricity doesn’t reflect well on it.

Energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa made the confession this week while speaking on the sidelines of a commissioning ceremony of the Shs368 billion Luzira-Namanve transmission project.

 Citing the new Namanve South Industrial Park substation where only 32 percent of the available power is consumed by industries, Mr Geoffrey Okoboi—an official at the Electricity Regulatory Authority—revealed that the unconsumed electricity has rendered infrastructures redundant and expensive to maintain.

Mr Michael Taremwa, the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) acting chief executive, said the company invested trillions of shillings into electricity transmission infrastructure to create a stable environment for industrialisation across the country.