Umeme, through the Urban Electrification Programme, has launched a project to connect over 1000 households in divisions of western and Eastern in Tororo municipality that are currently living in without electricity.
The Shs 800 million project launched is in line with government ambition of increasing electricity penetration from the current 23% to 40% of households by 2025.
Government plans to invest $1.2billion in the urban-rural electrification by 2025.
It hopes this will stimulate demand through ramping up distribution infrastructure in the high demand and growth economic zones of Lugazi, Iganga, Bombo, Entebbe, Mukono, Kampala, Tororo and other major municipalities in Uganda.
Teopista Nabwire a mother of 9 and Linda Olowo are among the over 1000 residents in Agururu B2, B3 and Amagoro in Tororo municipality who are currently living without electricity in their villages.
The two revealed how shortage of electricity in the area has affected their children’s performance in schools, caused insecurity as well as increased cost of living since the transport cost is hiked by transporters during night hours.
The MP for Tororo Municipality, Apollo Yeri Ofwono said absence of electricity in the villages had led to the underdevelopment of the locality.
Umeme project’s manager Eastern region Job Wate said the connection project will take he locals to use the power responsibly.