KAMPALA, Government has started a new ten year electricity connection policy that will offer free electricity connection for rural households. In press statement issued August 16, 2018, the initiative is to increase power connection in a bid to rural social transformation as envisaged in the 2020 development plan.
In a speech read for him by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi during the commissioning at Kiswamba Sub County in Kasese district yesterday, the President said that the policy is aimed increasing the annual number of connections from the current 70,000 to 300,000 by 2027.
He said that new policy of the electricity connection will pave way for free connection to eligible customers who are within one pole service as a motivation for the rural household to access power and improve their living conditions.
The President called upon implementers of the policy to ensure timely delivery of projects saying Government expects additional generation capacity in the near future saying that Government has already suppressed the power demand.
He also called for sensitization of the population on the benefits of this policy to ensure that more households benefit from the programme as Government embarks on rural transformation and value addition.
The President said that the NRM Government took a strategic position to prioritize the energy sector saying, besides being a crucial catalyst to social economic transformation, energy is directly linked to economic growth and transformation and central to the attainment of all sustainable development goals.
The Minister for Energy and mineral resources Eng. Irene Muloni said that Government under the Rural Electrification Strategy 2013/2022 has been extending power to various parts in the country now standing at 22.5 percent saying with the new policy, Government hopes to achieve 60 percent power coverage by 2027.
She said that the priority areas of the sector are now to increase electricity generation capacity and develop the transmission network, increase access to energy services and promote efficient utilization of energy resources and reduction of power loss.
Earlier, the Vice President commissioned the 9.2 Mega Watt Nyamwamba Small Hydropower Project in Kasese Municipality and Nkenda–Hoima transmission line in Bugoye subcounty which will also evacuate 50 Mega Watt thermal power from Kabale and other small power units in the project area.
According to the Energy Minister, the 230km Nkenda-Hoima power line project was financed by a grant from the Government of Norway amounting to 50million dollars, 23million dollars by the French development agency while about 9 million dollars from the African Development Bank.
The function was attended by the State Minister for Agriculture, Christopher Kibazanga, State Minister for energy, Simon D’janga Kasese local leaders and representatives of the French and Norwegian Governments, the World bank the African development Bank representatives.