With the Sim card registration exercise ongoing, Government has kicked off another exercise to register all children below 5 years for a National Identification Numbers.

Speaking at the commissioning of a renovated Nabweru Health Centre by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), the State minister for primary education Hon. Rosemary Seninde said that the national identification numbers will be used by pupils and students as index numbers while registering for national examinations.

“There has been extension of deadlines with the Sim card registration because many people were reluctant to register for their National identity cards. However, with the registration of children below 5 years there will be no extension of the deadline once the period given by the government has elapsed. These identification numbers will be used by government to adequately plan for improved service delivery especially in the education sector. All parents should therefore take full responsibility to ensure that their children below 5 years are given national identification numbers” said Hon. Seninde. She also urged the parents to educate their children to improve the quality of the country citizens who are important in developing the national.

UETCL Board Chairman Mr. Peter Ucanda while handing over essential medical supplies and equipment to Nabweru Health Centre in Nansana division, Wakiso district said that the boost to Nabweru health centre is a corporate social service to promote quality health care in areas affected by the company transmission projects. Nabweru health centre is within the project area of the recently constructed Bujagali-Kawanda 220kV and Kawanda-Mutundwe 132kV transmission lines.

Mr. Ucanda and Board Member Ms Sarah Timarwa handed over sanitary materials, maternity beddings & blankets, a renovation patient wards and solar equipment to the health centre received by the area member of parliament Hon. Seninde. UETCL pledged to extend a helping hand and build another patient ward next calendar year to meet the increasing health of the people of Nabweru and the surrounding environs.

“For the last 16 years, UETCL has always been and will continue to impact positively on the lives of Ugandans in the different communities impacted by the company operations. We are providing community development action programs to communities affected by our new and old transmission lines and substations to supplement government’s effort in service delivery in the country” said Ucanda

The Board Chairman said that on top of supporting health facilities in Uganda, UETCL was also promoting education in higher institutions of learning and restoring the environment in partnership with the National Forestry Authority in various parts of the country. He appealed to the local leaders and the public at large to allow UETCL access their land at a fair compensation to construct transmission lines that will provide reliable, flexible and efficient power supply to all regions of the country.

The commissioning event was attended by the Mayor and deputy Mayor Nansana division, Nabweru sub county local government administration and councilors and staff of UETCL. Ends

Press Review






Date: Thursday October, 27th 2016


In our Press Review this, Thursday:, Museveni moves 11 RDCs in mini-reshuffle, Kasiwukira widow arrested at border,  CNOOC, Total support oil pipeline project, IMF advises Uganda to invest more in education and health, First Lady, UK donors discuss support to education sector,  Government in new move to regulate health laboratorie, Govt funding fails to match service delivery, Govt, private sector in drive to restore water catchment areas, Chinese bank holds back Karuma funds, Postmortem to delay return of dead agriculture official, Police kill suspected mastermind of post-election violence, Source of the Nile development gets a boost, South Sudan refugees back in Lamwo,……………………………….

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VANDALISM and theft of electrical equipment might delay the commissioning of new power transmission lines in the country.

Angle nuts, stay earth wires and galvanised angle bars for the power pylons (towers) are being cut and stolen by unknown thugs across the country causing power blackout in various regions of the country.This, he said might delay commissioning of the power transmission lines and increase the project costs.

Vandalism of steel tower structures compromises the strength of the towers, putting the transmission line at risk of collapsing. Unless something is done to stop these vices, the ongoing power transmission projects could stall despite efforts to ensure power is connected onto the national grid by 2018.

New power transmission projects that risk delay to commission due to vandalism include; the Bujagali-Tororo (Uganda)-Lessos (Kenya) 220kV, Kawanda-Masaka 220kV, Mbarara-Nkenda 132kV, Mbarara-Mirama (Uganda)-Birembo (Rwanda) 220kV and Nkenda-Fortportal –Hoima 220kV transmission lines. The projects are intended to improve access to electricity in Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries through increased cross border sharing of energy and power, reinforcing the capacity of transmission lines to cater for the increasing power demand and evacuate power from the proposed generation sites.

Theft of transmission wires and towers is also common on the Nalubaale-Lugogo, Nalubaale-Kampala North and Nalubale-Tororo-Lessos 132kV lines. These lines traverse areas that include Mabira forest, Lugazi sugar plantation in Buikwe district and Kakira sugar plantations, Kibimba rice, Busitema forests respectively.

Vandalism of steel towers and theft of electrical equipment (wires and transformer oil) has cost the transmission company billions of shillings in maintenance costs, revenue to the country, affected efficient and reliable power supply and may cause death to persons living near these power lines and a power blackout in the country if not stopped.

These negative developments have emerged at a time when the transmission company is about to start commissioning of the power line projects across the country. The company intends to double the current transmission network. There is a need for concerted effort from stakeholders to join hand with the government in fighting the scourge of electricity installation from being vandalised in the country. Every community benefits from a reliable and efficient power supply and it’s therefore every citizen duty to jealously guard and protect the installations.

The power sector cannot give the desired result neither can it impact positively on Ugandans if vandals continue to steal these installed facilities. It’s every citizen duty to protect, guard these national assets and report any suspected vandals to enable the company to dispatch and transmit quality and reliable power supply and have a steady economic development.



The Chief Magistrate Court in Jinja has sentenced three vandals to a five year term in jail for interfering with the electricity installations along the Owenfalls-Tororo 132kV transmission line.

The vandals Kakaire Umar, Waisswa Hasuman and Kikaka Musa were arrested last year within Kakira sugar cane plantation while cutting angle bars from the line.

Section/s 87(1) and (2) of the Electricity Act and theft c/s 254 of the Penal Code Act found the accused guilty.

Others Okello Ronald and Mpamba Abdul alias Ndoya were acquitted of the above offences. However, Mpamba Abdul was further sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to escape during the period when he was on remand.

Vandalism is an infrastructure terrorism act that impacts negatively on the effort by the government to meet the objective of a reliable, flexible and efficient and quality power supply for social and economic growth.

The vandals have stolen transformer oil, tower angle bars, nuts and earth wires on the grid threatening the country with possible blackout.

In 2014, at least 14,500 electricity customers were left in darkness after a section of power transmission line from Mbale district to the North collapsed because of vandalism.

Reports from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) indicate that the company has spent more than shillings 1 billion since 2013 replacing stolen electricity equipment in Kampala, Mabira forest, Lugazi & Kakiri sugar cane plantations, Bugiri and Toro areas.

Court handed back to UETCL the eighteen pieces of angle bars that had been tendered in as exhibits during the proceedings.

To guard against further power infrastructure vandalism, UETCL has found an opportunity to pattern with various cultural institutions, administrative units and community policing in the region to protect the national assets.

Sensitization of the local communities has been done along the transmission line corridors.

Uganda’s Generation capacity to reach 3,500MW by 2018

The Government of Uganda has targeted to increase an addition 2,500MW in 2018 to meet the increasing demand.


Currently Uganda has a short term surplus situation, but the rapidly growing demand (10% p.a) will overturn this status if no new power generation is commissioned in the medium term.


Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW with a firm capacity of 496 MW that varies in accordance with the prevailing hydrological conditions.


Uganda’s electricity consumption lies at 90 kWh per capita (2012). The national electrification rate is 14% for its 32 million population (growing at the rate of 3.2%, 2009). The substantial discovery of oil resources is expected to boost the economic growth.


The total grid electricity supply has increased from 3039GWh in 2013 to 3,203 GWh in 2014) in Uganda, raising the per capita income to US$420.


Electricity generation capacity in Uganda has increased from 595MW in 2011 to 851.53 MW in 2014, including 100MW of thermal power on stand-by. This generation capacity includes: Nalubale (180MW), Kiira (200MW), Bujagali (250MW), Electromaxx (50MW), Jacobsen (50MW), Kakira (50MW) and Kilembe Cobalt (KCCL (9MW). Other small stations include Kinyara (5MW), Mubuku (5MW), Ishasha (6.5MW), Mpanga (18MW), Bugoye (13MW), Kabalega (9MW), Nyagak 1 (3.5MW), Kisiizi (0.35MW), Kuluva (0.12MW), Kagando (2MW) and off grid thermal plants (2MW).


In the forthcoming year, Government will fast-track the construction of the Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Projects (600MW and 183MW respectively), other mini-hydro power projects such as Muzizi HPP, construction of at least Five Small Hydropower plants (Nyamwamba 9.2MW, Siti 1 5MW, Waki 5MW, Rwimi 5.4MW, Kikagati 16MW and at Nengo Bridge 7.5MW) as well as construction of transmission lines under the Rural Electrification Programme. Feasibility studies for other hydropower projects are on ongoing.


Government will also construct a total of 2,002 Km of transmission lines across the country. These include Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos (220kV), Mbarara – Mirama Hill - Birembo (220 kV), Mbarara – Nkenda (132kV), Tororo – Opuyo –Lira (132kV), Kawanda – Masaka (220kV), Nkenda – Fort Portal – Hoima (220kV) Isimba Interconnection Project (132kV), Karuma – Kawanda (400kV), Karuma - Lira (220kV); Mutundwe – Entebbe (132kV) and new substations.

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