Kibaale MP Cited in Illegal Power Taping

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It is alleged that the generator that was hired to power the public address system failed to work, forcing the MP to direct the DJs to tap electricity from Nalweyo-Kakumiro power Grid without authoritisation from Fad Sault Electricity Engineering and Distribution Company, which is in charge of the area.

Birembo Sub County headquarters was a scene of drama on Friday after officials of Fad Sault Electricity Engineering and Distribution Company stormed a meeting organized by the Kibaale district Woman MP to popularize President Yoweri Museveni and switched off the public address system citing illegal power taping. It all started after Robina Nabanja, the Kibaale district woman MP hired a public address system from Kiboijana trading center, Birembo for her ongoing campaign to popularize the NRM Kyakwanzi resolution to front president Yoweri Museveni as the sole NRM party candidate. 

It is alleged that the generator that was hired to power the public address system failed to work, forcing the MP to direct the DJs to tap electricity from Nalweyo-Kakumiro power Grid without authoritisation from Fad Sault Electricity Engineering and Distribution Company, which is in charge of the area. As a result, Fad officials led by Kumbi Kigundu stormed the area on a tip off from their customers and attempted to disconnect the system.

However, this didn’t go down well with Nabanja leading to a bitter exchange of words. Nabanja claimed that she was authorized to tap the power but didn’t disclose who gave the order. The scuffle went on for some hours forcing the officials of Fad Sault Electricity Engineering and Distribution Company to notify John Ojokuna Eratu, the Kibaale District Commander, who deployed officers from Igayaza police station. 

An eye witness who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity so as to talk freely says the heavily armed cops took control of the venue as the power officials disconnected the public address system.  Nabanja denies allegations of illegal power taping saying they are politically motivated by her rivals to tarnish her name before her electorate.  She accuses her political rival Dr Kasirivu Baltazar, the Bugangaizi West MO of pressurizing police to disrupt her meeting.

But Kasirivu rubbishes the claims saying this is not the first time Nabanja is being mentioned in illegal power taping. Each NRM MP recieved at least 5 million shillings to facilitate the campaign to popularize the Kyankwanzi resolution to front Museveni as the sole party candidate.