Umeme blames power outages on weather patterns

Umeme blames power outages on weather patterns
Uganda has been experiencing more than normal rains since February this year. Ironically, last year when the country experienced prolonged drought, power cutouts were also frequent. Courtesy Photo.

Power distributor Umeme says climate change is partly to blame for the frequent power cutouts being experienced in many parts of Uganda.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of the Umeme annual general meeting in Kampala, Thursday, Umeme Board Chairman, and Patrick Bitature said that of lately rains and winds are rather stronger due to changing climatic conditions.

Uganda has been experiencing more than normal rains since February this year. Ironically, last year when the country experienced prolonged drought, power cutouts were also frequent.

Bitature said although they have been expanding the power network and clearing the way leaves, trees have been frequently falling and knocking down power lines causing outages in several parts of the country.

Bitature however says that they are happy that the public and their customers are increasingly becoming demanding of better service, a culture they want entrenched.

Umeme Managing Director Selestino Babungi said power outages remain the utility company’s biggest challenge, promising that they are continuously building capacity to improve the situation.

Uganda presently enjoys power surplus with an installed power capacity of 822 megawatts. The government’s target is 3,500 megawatts by end of 2018 and above.

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