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Gov’t tasked to explain constant power outages in Gulu, West Nile

FILE PHOTO: Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has demanded an explanation from the government about the continuous power outages in Gulu and Lira districts.

Gulu district has been experiencing major power outages since 2012 with blackouts recorded daily, which has affected several businesses.

Presenting a matter of national importance on Tuesday, Lyandro Komaketch the Gulu Municipality MP, said that the government promised to address the power outage, but years down the road, nothing has been done.

Gulu Woman MP and Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan told Parliament that people were angry and were mobilising for a protest because they are frustrated with the power outage.

Bernard Atiku, the MP Ayivu County said power issue isn’t limited to just Gulu but to the greater Northern region with West Nile terribly affected.

He said that despite Parliament passing loans to extend power to certain parts of the region, Northern Uganda faces a power problem.

The 1st Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali told Parliament that when he inquired about power outage in West Nile from Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy, he was told there was a technical fault on the Lira-Gulu line that the Ministry was working on.

He asked the MPs to remain calm and wait for the matter to be resolved.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tasked Government to explain the power outage, saying some places like West Nile have suffered a lot with power.

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