Kooki Residents Fault Government on Power Line

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However, residents are faulting the company for leaving out several trading centers, schools and health centers.

Residents of Kooki County in Rakai district are protesting the manner in which the Rural Electrification program is being implemented in their area. In 2012, government contracted LTL Consult through the Rural Electrification Agency-REA to extend power to Kooki County in Rakai district and Lyantonde district at unspecified amount of money. LTL Consult has already planted poles and installed transformers in Kabingo, Lumbugu, Lwamaggwa, Ndeba and Kabale trading centers. The project is also expected to cover areas such as Lwebitakuli and Lwemiyaga in Sembabule district.
However, residents are faulting the company for leaving out several trading centers, schools and health centers. Umar Kayima, the LC V councilor for Kibanda Sub County says that over 10 trading centers have not been connected to the power line. He cites some of the key areas that have not been connected as Bulanda, Kiteredde, Magaliki, Gayaza, Kaluluba trading centers and Kibanda health Center III. Kayima says that they are bitter that their area has been skipped yet President Yoweri Museveni pledged to connect them to the power grid. Isaac Sserugo, a resident of Byakabanda says they want Government to review the power extension agreements to ensure that all trading centers in Byakabanda Sub County are covered. 

He claims that Kageye, Byoza Health Centre III, Kitaasa trading Center, Kilinya secondary school and Kiteza Secondary school also missed out on the power connection. Sserugo says that the failure to connect their sub county means that students there will continue suffering to revise their book because of lack of power.  Ananias Ssekyanzi, the Katikiro of Kooki Chiefdom says it is unfortunate that several trading centers in the chiefdom have missed out on the power connection yet they were very excited about the power extension. He says they want all areas covered by power in Kooki to boost small scale industries so as to improve household incomes.

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Benon Mugabi, the Rakai LC5 Chairman says it is not clear who was supposed to get power in Kooki. Some of the workers of LTL Consult who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity say that are only working within the contractual obligation. They explained that the agreement only trading centers along Lumbugu-Lyantonde Road. Our reporter couldn't reach the Rural Electrification Agency-REA for a comment.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.