Monday January 27 2014

UNBS to inspect Pre-paid metres


Kampala- Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) to start examining prepaid metres before issuance.

The deal sealed last week comes on the heels of rising consumer complaints over exaggerated billings by the metres currently rolled out as a trial exercise by electricity distributor, Umeme.

The MOU, a copy seen by the Daily Monitor, will enhance action and operation of both government bodies on the metres and ensure specific standards of quality control in the activities of licensees for electricity transmission, distribution, sale activities and feasibility studies for projects.

UNBS executive director Ben Manyindo said the move was to improve standardisation in the electricity sector and give consumers value for their money.

“We are optimistic this will improve efficiency about service delivery,” he said.

ERA said overtime, they have been concerned about the accuracy of electricity metres used by distribution companies, the construction standards of electricity infrastructure in the country and quality of electrical equipment used.

“ERA will strive to ensure that electricity metres are tested in order to minimise disputes involving incorrect billing and to increase stakeholder awareness on sub‐standard electrical cables, fittings and accessories.” said ERA chief executive officer Benon Mutambi.