Theft of Solar Panels Leaves Kalangala in Water Crisis

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40 solar panels worth unspecified amount of money have been stolen from Kalangala town council triggering a severe water crisis.

40 solar panels worth unspecified amount of money have been stolen from Kalangala town council triggering a severe water crisis. The solar panels were donated to Kalangala town council last year by ministry of water to power water pumps that are found in Muffe cell. Sulayiti Lutakome, Kalangala town Council LC3 Chairman says that the solar panels went missing last week.
He said that they discovered the theft after the town council started experiencing a severe water crisis forcing them to check what has happened to the pumps. Lutakome says they found the solar panels missing and the security guards from security Group 2000 who were deployed to guard them were nowhere to be seen. Lutakome says that they have traced the whereabouts of the guards in vain.

He says that they have reported the theft to police and security 2000 group to launch investigations into the theft of the solar panels. Godfrey Matte, Kalangala District Police commander says that police has already launched investigations into the matter. Matte says he suspects the guards could have connived with thugs to disappear with the solar panels. He says that police also intends to question the management of Security Group 2000 over the theft.

The theft of the solar panels has plunged Kalangala town council into a water crisis. Some residents told URN that with the water pump now off they hardly get tapped water. Joyce Kikomeko, a resident of Kalangala says that they now rely on unsafe water. She wants police to expedite the investigations into the theft. Last year, another security guard disappeared with solar panels installed at the offices of Kalangala Electoral commission, leaving the offices in a blackout.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.