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‘Power tariff must go down’, President M7 tells Umeme

President Kaguta Museveni has met with officials from electricity distributor, Umeme at State House, Entebbe.

Mr Museveni and the four officials led by Umeme Board Chairperson, Mr Patrick Bitature discussed the increasing power tariffs levied by the power distributor.

Other members included, Mr Celestino Babungi, the Company’s Managing Director, Mr Gerald Ssendaula and Ms Florence Nsubuga, Chief Operation Officer.

After listening to both sides President insisted the Tariff must go down. Umeme Officials conceded and suggested to the president a national dialogue (They said sorry to H.E and want to renegotiate the concession agreement) over high electricity tariffs

Recently, Mr Museveni blocked the renewal Umeme’s contract and demanded for answers on why consumers are still paying high rates for electricity.

 

In a letter to the Energy Minister, Ms Irene Muloni, the President also directed that a cheaper option of modernizing, expanding, transmitting and distributing of power be found.

He further asked the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Mulyagonja, to investigate Umeme’s alleged inflated losses and high end user tariffs.

Umeme limited said they will do their best to offer Ugandans a lasting customer experience.

Umeme has of recent been under fire from members of the general public over high tariff rates in the region. Several Ugandans have expressed their discontent on media platforms accusing the power company of cheating Ugandans.

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