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Umeme replaces over 15,000 postpaid meters to curb power theft in Acholi

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Power distributor Umeme has replaced 15,520 postpaid meters in Acholi sub region in a bid to curb power theft.

The company has installed prepaid meters in Gulu, Omoro, Lamwo, Kitgum and parts of Pader district.

Doreen Ogenga, the Operations manager for Umeme in Gulu and Kitgum says they replaced the postpaid meters between September and November last year.

She says that some of the postpaid meters had served for more than 10 years, which made it very easy for some of their clients to bypass them.

According to Ogenga, only 480 old postpaid meters have not yet been replaced due to factors which include rotten poles, accessibility to the premises and long distance.

Peter Kauju, the Head of communications at Umeme revealed that the power distributor loses over Shillings 1 billion annually to power theft.

He appealed to the general public to desist from power theft, saying it endangers their lives.

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