Akena Slams Gov't Over Absence of West Nile Power Grid


pharmacy sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; line-height: 200%;”>This was an observation by Lira Municipality MP Hon Jimmy Akena during a dialogue on Energy at the Kampala Serena on Tuesday.

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click sans-serif;”>“It is overwhelming that in 2014 government is still repeating the same mistakes committed by our former leaders that date as far back as the 1960s,” he said.

“Corruption, too much red-tape and politicking that blocked the past leaders from making significant strides in developing the energy industry, is the same experience we have today.”

This, he said, was the very reason may parts of the country including his own constituency in West Nile are yet to be connected to the national power grid and only have to survive on a few small power generators in the area.

“As far as the 1980s West Nile had been prioritized to be connected on the grid. In fact by 1989, all the required equipment had arrived in the country to establish a power connection from Gulu to Moyo.”

“It’s now 2014 and this connection has not been in effect. Our question remains, what went wrong and what exactly happened to the equipment?”

Akena, who is son to former president Milton Obote, noted with concern that key institutions in the area up to now are running without power including government offices and hospitals.

“In hospitals you find charcoal and other stuff being used to sterilize medical equipment.”

According to officials from the Rural Electrification Agency [ERA] however, efforts are ongoing to establish this power line linking Gulu via Adjumani to Moyo across the Nile, and posts have already been planted to that effect.


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