The theft of electricity distribution hardware in eastern Uganda is on the rise. Robert Mubiru, Eastern Manager for power company Umeme, says the theft and vandalism of the equipment has increase considerably since the beginning of the year. He says the districts in the Busoga region are most affected by the theft. In the month of July alone, 30 kilometers of heavy-duty electricity wires have been Bugiri were vandalized. Other lines affected are in Kakira Town Council, Mayuge and Iganga. Mubiru says this has greatly affected electricity supply in the area. He says it is the reason for the continuous blackouts and power shortages. For the past two months Bugiri district has not had electricity. Bugiri Hospital, which serves thousands of people from the district, is suffering. Often, there is no electricity to run the hospital's theatre. Sarah Nabulime, Senior Administrator of Bugiri Hospital, says the cost of using a generator to light the hospital is very expensive. She says the hospital will be in dire straits if the problem is not sorted out soon. Kamlex Nampala, manager of the Bugiri-based radio station, Eastern Voice, says that because of the power problem, his station is forced to go off air for many days a week. The police say the theft of electricity hardware can only be ended if the public works with the police to report the vandals. Christopher Kubai, Southeastern Regional Police Commander, says his office suspects that most of the vandals are former Umeme employees who know the equipment well. He says the police are closing in on the vandals and he hopes for a turn of affairs soon.
Updated: 01 Dec, 02:2102:21
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Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.
Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.