Legislators from Bugishu region have asked Umeme to lower the cost of electricity to make it affordable, to the ordinary Ugandans. The lawmakers made the appeal during a consultative meeting with Umeme officials on how they can assist the company on reducing power theft in the region.
According to Umeme Bugishu regional manager Trevol Higenyi says that the 5 districts of Bugishu top others in the country in power theft. However one of the members from Manjiya county Nambeshe Johnbaptist says that unless the tariffs are reduced and the reconnection fees are lowered illegal connections will continue. UMEME loses more than 10mlllion dollars every year in power theft and about 52 people die as a result of power theft every year in this region.