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Public forced into Illegal electricity connections

26 March 2015, 08:24 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - People living in Kampala slums and other parts of the country have decried poor electricity connections and high power tariffs.

They claim that high tariffs have compelled communities living in those areas to resort to illegal connections which put them at risk of losing their lives.

According to police, over 100 people have died in the last two years due to illegal connections, mostly from Elgon region in eastern part of the country.

''The Bamasaba, whose area was connected to the national grid two years ago, use barbed wire to tap electricity into their houses. In the process, people especially children get electrocuted,'' said Apollo Mbuye, an official with Umeme.

The chairman of Kimwanyi zone in Kampala's suburb of Katanga, Hassan Wasswa said: ''Our communities are very poor that they cannot afford the current power tariff and instead resort to illegal connections. We appeal to government to reduce on the tariffs.''

Stealing of electricity through illegal connections is rampart in Uganda. Recent research revealed that out of ten people using electricity, at least three are illegally connected.

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