Uganda Rural Electrification Agency yesterday embarked on a mobilization and sensitization program in different rural areas on Mbarara district on invitation by the Mbarara district LC5 chairperson Rtd. Capt. JB Bamuturaki Tumusiime.
The chairman, with the REA team headed by Grace Bilikadde the Rural Electrification Program Manager, traversed various trading centers sensitizing people about the ongoing free connection program.
Some of the villages visited included Muko in Rushozi parish, Kahooma and Rugarama in Kahoma parish, Nyakibungo and Rugyerera in Ruhunga parish among others all in Rubaya sub county, Mbarara district.
While addressing the locals, Ms Bilikadde stressed that it’s the Government’s role to make sure that people access electricity, and that REA is there to make sure that it’s fulfilled.
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On his part, Capt. Bamuturaki urged the benefiting communities to make use of the electricity being extended to their localities for value addition and small scale industrial development for increased household income generation.
He added that as government extends electricity to rural areas the problem of water scarcity in Rubaya Sub County will also be addressed to ensure every person access clean and safe water for enhanced production.
Some of the residents however, raised concerns about the free connection program.
Stephen Katanaka, the Chairman LC3 Rubaya sub county noted that electricity pole pass several villages without transformers, and so many locals however not been able to tap the electricity.
The chairman says he and other leaders have written to the Government through their area Member of Parliament Hon. Nathan Twesigye Itungo but received no response.