Umeme staff held hostage in Kamuli
Posted Sunday, October 13 2013 at 01:00
Kamuli- Umeme officials were held hostage by angry electricity consumers in Kamuli Industrial Area on Friday until they apologised and returned the metre for the industrialists.
The power consumers accused the electricity distributor of “stealing” their metre, contrary to the memorandum of understanding between the two parties and extorting money from them through dubious charges.
It took the intervention of the district police commander, Mr Abraham Betongyeza, and the chairperson of Kamuli Industrial Millers Association, Mr David Kazungu, to calm the irate residents.
The consumers alleged that Umeme officials removed and tampered with the metre for a week without consulting them as per the agreement, adding that this crippled their businesses.
“We shall not get tired of telling you your mistakes just as you do not get tired of cheating us but be warned, you are dealing with well informed people,” Mr Kazungu warned the power distributor.
The consumers urged the government to revisit its agreement with Umeme and empower area managers to take charge by harmonising the electricity operations.
The district Umeme manager, Mr Richard Mawuji, apologised to the consumers and promised to expeditiously return the metre.
He said the metre had been removed for routine servicing but declined to talk about the alleged discrepancies in its reading charges.