Power distributors Umeme will phase out all postpaid meters and replace them with prepared meters commonly known as ‘Yaka’ by July 2020.
Uganda through Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) introduced the prepaid meters in 2013 and started on plans to phase out all old postpaid meters.
According to the Executive Director ERA Ziria Tibalwa Waako, all the other small electricity distributors have already achieved 100% phase out; but due to limited meters UMEME still has old meters running in some areas.
“I want to assure you that by June or July this year, no single postpaid meter will be left. Said David Birungi, the Manager Stakeholder Relations UMEME.
This was during a media training organised by ERA at Golden Tulip on Thursday
On the issue of some meters being faulty and consuming power units faster,
Birungi said that all their meters are certified by Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) before they are installed and that most customers do not understand how much power they consume and hence keep blaming UMEME for cheating them.
“Yaka units cost the same everywhere, however it depends when you buy them. Every customer is expected to pay service fee and VAT per month, plus the additional first 15 units at the first purchase of the month. Those factors affect the amount of units you will be given every time you buy Yaka,” he added.
Eng Tibalwa said that a customer who feels their meter is fault has a right to complain to the regulator which is ERA and have their meter reexamined by UNBS at a small fee,” she said
She added that the Authority in partnership with UNBS were in the process of securing a multimillion sophisticated smart meter machine that will be able to certify 5000 meters per day.
“We receive 2000 new meters request on a daily, with a machine like this, we will be able to meet this demand easily. This is one step forward to ensuring that all Ugandans are connected to electricity,” she said.