Private Firm Takes Over Power Supply in Kalangala Town

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KIS now has an immediate task to repair transformers in Bujumba that have not been working for the last one month, fix better earthling systems in places where lightning and thunder tend to strike, and fix meters for easy collection of electricity bills.

Kalangala Infrastructure Service Limited, a renowned utility service provider has taken over the generation and transmission of Power in Kalangala Town council.

The company, a subsidiary of InfraCo Africa, owns and operates the power generation and distribution system under the Kalangala renewable's project.

It consists of a 1.6 megawatt generating system, part of the USD50 million (about 148 billion Shillings) public-private scheme facilitated by KIS to provide standard marine transport services, clean water, electricity and road construction to the islands of Kalangala.

The takeover of power generation and transmission was executed on Monday, May 25th following the handover of the mandate by Uganda Electricity Distribution Company limited - UEDCL.

KIS officially started supplying electricity on Kalangala's main Island (Bugala) on April 19th while the Town Council remained under UEDCL.

"After verifications from the Electricity Regulatory Authority, we now take over the administration of power in Kalangala town," John Opiro, the Managing Director of Kalangala Infrastructure Service said after the handover.

KIS now has an immediate task to repair transformers in Bujumba that have not been working for the last one month, fix better earthling systems in places where lightning and thunder tend to strike, and fix meters for easy collection of electricity bills.

KIS Marketing Manager Joseph Mulindwa told URN that the charges of each unit of electricity consumed will remain determined by the Electricity Regulatory Authority-ERA while connection to the KIS power grid remains free for the first 2000 clients.

Currently, KIS has 1,516 clients on its power grid. 416 of these are now located in Kalangala town. Others are located in different localities especially landing sites on Bugala Island. Many of the consumers use electricity for home consumption.

Bujumba County Member of Parliament Fred Badda indicated that improved access to electricity should be used to improve income generating activities in the area.