Police Barracks to Get Prepaid Water, Electricity Metres

Police barracks throughout the country are set to be installed with prepaid water and electricity meters.

According to a message by the police Director Logistics and Engineering AIGP Godfrey Bangirana dated August 25 addressed to Regional and Divisional Police Commanders throughout the country, the directive is meant to help in monitoring of water and power consumption.

“You are all expected to cooperate with Umeme and National Water and Sewerage Cooperation staff as they install these meters in police barracks,” reads in part the message by AIGP Bangirana.

The director says in the message that it is a government policy that all utility accounts adopt prepaid metering systems.

“This calls for a lot of discipline in our utilities management in the entire infrastructure.”

He adds, “Noncompliance will attract criminal or disciplinary charge.”

Early this year, Naguru and Nsambya police barracks spent a number of weeks without water after being disconnected by National Water and Sewage Corporation (NWSC) over accumulated bills.

The then police spokesperson blamed the accumulated bills to the officers residing in both barracks for always selling water to nearby businesses.

According to the budget paper, police requires Shs22.2 billion for electricity and Shs7.455billion for water annually.

Finance ministry recently proposed that installation of prepaid meters, which they said will lead to saving Shs2 billion on utility bills.

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