As a way of reducing the high number of illegal connections in Bugisu region and country wide at large, electricity distributor Umeme has launched a sensitization drive about dangers to lives that are entailed in the activity.

Speaking during the launch of the campaign at Situmi primary school located at Bukhaweka Sub County in Namisindwa district, Pater Kawuju, the public relations officer of Umeme says that they want pupils and students to grow knowing that power theft is illegal and can claim life of innocent people.

They also want to create awareness for other people including parents.

Kawuju adds that in the Elgon region each year 12 people die over the illegal connection while other cases are not reported to police.

Kawuju also says that Umeme was experiencing 20% of energy loss countrywide in 2005 but since that year up to now the percentage has increased to 38% with Kampala leading, followed by Bugisu is very dangerous because they make the power tariffs high and power blackouts.Cue in’’.

During the launch, UMEME donated 50 double bed duckers to the girl’s hostel of Sitimu primary school and planted over 200 tree seedlings.

The Minister for Karamoja affairs and woman MP for Manafawa district Marry Gorret Kitutu who was the chief guest during the launch urged pupils from Situmi primary school to be ambassadors of UMEME and government by sending a message to community people that illegal connection of power is bad.Cue in’’people can listen to you’’

Jonathan Namonywe, the head teacher of Situmi primary school expressed his happiness with the donations of beds, tree planting and sensitizing his pupils about power theft.

He says that this is going to curb illegal connections in Bugisu region and Uganda at large.

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