Power Theft in Bugisu Declines by 10% - Umeme

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In short
Florence Nsubuga, Umemes Chief Operating Officer, says in monetary terms, Bugisus power thefts account for 10 out of 100 billion shillings lost to power thefts. An estimated 20 people die monthly in the region. The locals cover the deaths by claiming the victims died of snake bites.

Power thefts in Bugisu region of eastern Uganda have declined by 10 percent thanks to heightened awareness against the vice.


Power utility firm Umeme says ever since they launched the anti-power theft campaign dubbed "Wuyo" last year, power thefts in Bugisu have declined by 10 percent.

The campaign mainly targeted the Bugisu region.

According to Umeme, Bugisu accounts for 10 percent of all its power thefts.

Florence Nsubuga, Umeme's Chief Operating Officer, says in monetary terms, Bugisu's power thefts account for 10 out of 100 billion shillings lost to power thefts.

Nsubuga says since the campaign, Umeme is saving a billion shillings annually out of the 10 billion shillings lost in the region.

According to Nsubuga, the adverse effects of the power thefts, in addition to revenue losses, include unplanned power outages, vandalism of lines, reduced economic activities and deaths.

An estimated 20 people die monthly in the region. The locals cover the deaths by claiming the victims "died of snake bites".