Dokolo Residents Protest Delay to Switch on Electricity

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He says that the besides the delay to switch on the power major places such as government offices and schools have not yet been connected.

Residents of Dokolo town council are protesting delays to switch on power in their area, despite the installation of the power line in February. Dokolo town council is one of the areas that are meant to benefit from power under the government Rural Electrification program. The other areas include Kaberamaido, Alebtong and Otuke district. Residents of Dokolo town council say that since the power line was installed in February 2012, it has not been switched on. John Baptist Okello, the Dokolo LC V chairperson says that he has submitted numerous petitions to the energy and mineral developments minister Irene Muloni demanding for an explanation as to why the power has never been switched on but he has not got any response.

He says that the besides the delay to switch on the power, major places such as government offices and schools have not yet been connected. Okello says that he was shocked when he received information from some people he didn't mention that the electricity cannot be switched on unless president Museveni inaugurates the project. Jackson Okello, a bar operator in Dokolo town council says that he has lost interest in the electricity and instead invested in solar power and thermal electricity. Daniel Omara, a saloon operator says that the delay to switch on the electricity has affected his dreams to improve his business. Omara says that he had planned to but more equipment and expand his business once the power is switched on.
 
Dr. Patricia Litho, the spokesman Rural Electrification Agency under Ministry of Energy and Mineral development has asked the residents to remain calm saying that they are trying to secure another provider to supply power to the area. She says that government intends to engage Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) to manage the power and sell it to residents for about three years. Litho explains that once the negotiations with UEDCL are complete the power will be switched on immediately.

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.