Umeme Sets Terms for Lifting Suspension on Free Connections

Power suppliers Umeme have called on Government to make a number adjustments before it can lift its recent suspension on the free power connection program under the 10-year Electricity Connection Policy (ECP).

Under the program, Umeme has been getting funding from government to connect to the grid customers that need one pole or no pole, free of charge.

Costumers only needed to pay Shs 20,000 for inspection of the premises for appropriate wiring and readiness for connection.

Umeme however, suspended these connections last month, citing among others economic constrains caused by the Covid19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, due to a realignment of priorities and financial resources by the Government, in part brought by the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, the ECP Programme has been put on hold until further notice,” said Peter Kaujju the Umeme spokesperson back in July.

Following pressure from members of parliament who came out last week questioning the suspension of the program, Umeme has come out demanding that government provides the required funding before the resumption.

An official from Umeme told ChimpReports that they were owed by Rural Electrification Agency (REA) up to $23Million for the connections they had so far been made.

The official says discussions between Umeme, REA  and Ministry of Energy are ongoing.


Among others, Umeme is pushing for government to relax the policy to allow those who can pay to pay for new connections rather waiting for long.

The company also wants to be allowed to use its capital expenditure allocations to do new connections under ECP as the government and other donor funders find money.

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