Umeme deputy MD Sam Zimbe to retire

Tuesday April 17 2018

Umeme deputy MD Sam Zimbe to retire

Gender, Labour and Social Development permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana. FILE PHOTO 

By NELSON WESONGA

Electricity distribution company Umeme has appointed to its board former European Delegation head Riccardo Ridolfi, and Gender, Labour and Social Development permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana.

The duo, whose appointments took effect on 15 April, are to serve as non-executive directors.
Also appointed to the board is Stephen Emasu, an accountant.

The appointments come at a time when many legislators are calling for Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, which in March 2005 leased the power distribution network to Umeme, not to renew Umeme’s concession.
Similarly, President Museveni has recently weighed in, saying Umeme’s contract should not be renewed. His call comes years after Parliament’s Ad hoc Committee on Energy, which was chaired by Jacob Oboth, recommended the termination of concessions to Umeme and Eskom Uganda Ltd to distribute and generate electricity respectively.
Mr Museveni blamed Umeme for the high technical distribution energy losses, currently standing at 9.9 per cent, compared with 7.8 per cent due to illegal tapping (theft of power).



Sam Zimbe

Sam Zimbe


The 'Oboth committee' said the Attorney General’s Chambers was reduced to a spectator in the preparation of the concession agreements.
In the new appointments, the company also announced that Umeme’s deputy managing director, Mr Sam Zimbe, would on May 1 cease being a director, having attained retirement age.
Mr Emasu is currently the chairperson of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Global Public Sector Forum.
A statement issued by Umeme says Mr Emasu has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for more than 10 years during which he acquired in-depth audit experience and a deep understanding of financial reporting in the private sector.
On the other hand, Mr Ridolfi, a lawyer, has over the years provided strategic legal and financial advice to private investors and public entities.
“He is a founder of Equatorial Power, a renewable energy company based in East Africa, with a focus on accelerating access to energy for productive use in rural areas,” the statement adds.
Before joining Labour, Gender and Social Development, Mr Bigirimana had served in different capacities in the ministries of Education, Health and in the Office of the Prime Minister.
“[Bigirimana] is also widely travelled, bringing a wealth of experience to the Board,” Umeme said in the statement.

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