In November 2019, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) launched a new campaign branded PawaKapo aimed at increasing electricity connectivity but also eliminating power theft and accidents resulting from improper wiring. In this interview, the Executive Director Ziria Tibalwa Waako explains the campaign and how it will affect electricity connectivity in Uganda
What is PawaKapo?
“PawaKapo” is an identity for a Media Campaign that was launched by the Electricity Regulatory Authority on 20th November 2019, with the aim of growing the number of Certified Electricians and promoting the use of Certified Electricians for electrical installation works in homes and commercial buildings. The PawaKapo Media Campaign supports the Government of Uganda’s efforts of increasing Access to Electricity through implementation of the Electricity Connections Policy that was Launched in August 2018 and rolled out in November 2018.
Implementation of the PawaKapo campaign is through Free Training and Certification of Eligible persons; and Sensitization of Electricity Consumers and the public on proper wiring.
Who is the Training Targeting?
The PawaKapo training is targeting persons who have had Formal Education in Electrical installation but do NOT possess a Wiring Permit issued by the Electricity Regulatory Authority for purposes of wiring homes and commercial establishments.
Holders of the Electrical Installation Craft Certificate Part II, Electrical Installation Craft Certificate Part III, Diploma in Electrical Engineering, and Degree in Electrical Engineering are eligible for the training.
Which Permit Classes will benefit from the training?
The training is targeting persons who are interested and eligible to obtain the Class C Installation Permit, for carrying out electrical installation work not exceeding Low Voltage of 415V. The training also targets persons eligible for Class D Installation Permits, for carrying out electrical installation work not exceeding low voltage of 240V.
Where can Eligible Persons Obtain Training?
The training will be conducted at select Technical Institutes in Uganda, which are collaborating with the Electricity Regulatory Authority on the PawaKapo campaign. These are; Nakawa Vocational Training Institute (Kampala), Uganda Technical College (Lira), Rukungiri Technical Institute (Rukungiri), Uganda Technical College (Bushenyi), Arua Technical Institute (Arua), Uganda Technical College Elgon (Mbale), and Uganda Technical College Kyema (Masindi).
The Authority has already signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Training Institutions that will undertake the training of potential Electricians.
- What are the Features of the Electricians Certified by ERA?
The Electricians Certified by ERA as provided for by Section 88 of the Electricity Act, 1999, and the Electricity (Installation Permits) Regulations, 2018 must exhibit the following:
- a) A High degree of discipline.
- b) Possession of Relevant Academic Qualifications and Technical expertise.
- c) Display of the Installation Permit issued by ERA at their premises.
- d) Submission of a Completion Report after making the installations on your premises, that you use to get connected to the grid by the Distribution Utility.
Does Uganda presently have enough Electricians?
Uganda presently has slightly over 2,700 Certified Electricians who have been duly authorized by ERA to carry out Electrical wiring on new buildings, or alteration/extension of existing installations. However, the Country needs up to 4,000 Certified Electricians in order to fully support the Electrification Agenda. The PawaKapo campaign is here to address this shortfall.
Is this Free Certification Training Adding Value to Electricians?
The Free Certification Training will equip the beneficiary Electricians with new information and skills on Electrical Installation works, and will create trusted PawaKapos that the public can rely on for Safe Electricity Installations.
Does the Free Certification Training contradict the Laws of Uganda?
The Free Certification Training does NOT contradict the Laws of Uganda as it will be undertaken in line with Section 88 of the Electricity Act, 1999, and the Electricity