Rural Electrification Agency Accused of Selective Power Extension

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In short
The Agency, established to accomplish the governments National Rural Electrification Strategy, is currently undertaking a power extension project in the rural areas of Bukomansimbi district. However, hundreds of residents are angry that the ongoing project design has left them out.

Residents in ten villages that make up Kasebwera parish in Bukomansimbi district are accusing the Rural Electrification Agency-REA of unfair selection of beneficiaries for its electricity distribution projects.

The Agency, established to accomplish the governments' National Rural Electrification Strategy, is currently undertaking a power extension project in the rural areas of Bukomansimbi district. However, hundreds of residents are angry that the ongoing project design has left them out.

The residents led by Abdul Noor Munyana, the councillor representing Kasebwera parish to Butenga Sub County argue that the project design was manipulated leaving out many of the proposed villages including trading centres.

According to him, the affected villages include Kiryamenvu, Kikondeere, Kanyogoga, Gayaza, Kasebwera, Kawaala, Lukuuka, Nkalwe and Buyovu, which were initially listed under kitaasa Trading Centre power line.

 Lawrence Ssekimpi, another area resident says they are stranded upon seeing power lines bypassing their villages even after patiently waiting for power supply over the years.
 
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According to the project design at REA, the sub-counties of Butenga and Kibenge, where these villages lay, are supposed to be covered under the Mid-West and South Service Territories electricity scheme.

But Joseph Kalungi, the REA projects coordinator for the greater Masaka sub-region says that the omission could have later risen out of laxity by the area leaders to make proper follow-ups with the agency after submitting their proposals.

He has advised the concerned communities to resubmit their applications through their respective leaders for consideration in the subsequent phases.
 
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Kalungi has, on the other hand, cautioned communities not to expect any compensation for properties lost or destroyed in the projects.
 
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Figures of the National Population and Housing Census of 2014, suggests that Bukomansimbi district has a population of 151,413 people in 34,328 households, but only 15.2 % translating to 5,224 households have got access to electricity.