Uganda power distributor Umeme Limited has attributed the constant power outages that leave hundreds of Ugandans in the dark to global warming. During a stakeholders’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, Chairman Board of Directors Patrick Bitature said the national electricity grid could not handle increasingly stronger storms caused by climate change.
He said the biggest concern from shareholders was the increased power outages in certain parts of the country including Kololo and Naguru which is a result of trees and branches coming into contact with overhead lines and poles in spite of the shrub and branch clearing done by the company.
“The environment we are living in today has changed considerably and we have taken cognizance of that. The winds we have are much stronger today in Kampala, we are not used to these gale-force winds and heavy rains,” said Bitature.
Bitature however, noted that UMEME has improved the distribution efficiencies from 50% to 80% through the reduction of energy losses from 38% to 19% in 2016 which he attributed to the company’s anti power theft campaign dubbed as “Wuuyo.”
“Over the last 10 years, Umeme has improved the distribution efficiencies.