The Managing Director, Eskom Uganda Limited Thozama Gangi has asked Ugandans to embrace sustainable energy use.
She was on Friday speaking at a press conference during the launch of the 4th edition of the sustainable energy campaign. The campaign will be held on July 23rd- 28th in Mbarara at the Boma Grounds.
Gangi noted that it’s important for Ugandans to diversify the use of energy so that consumers would continue surviving even amidst the high power tariffs and natural disasters like drought.
While handing a dummy cheque of 49.7 million shillings to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to support the sustainable energy campaign, Gangi said that power usage in Uganda needs everyone to embrace the saving aspect of it.
However, Moses Byamukama, a resident of Nakulabye says government should reduce the prices of solar panels to enable low-income earners in the rural areas to afford power.
He also says that there is need to increase public awareness on energy.
“Even us people living in rural areas need to our phones, watch TV sets and iron clothes but we cannot afford to buy the right solar panels that can generate all this power because they are expensive to acquire,” Byamukama said.
Eng. Simon Kalanzi, assistant commissioner in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development says that through the campaign, government aims to increase access to clean energy so as to achieve sustainable development since energy utilisation has negative effects on the environment such as depletion of valuable resources including water and forests.