A community in Buhehe sub-county Busia district has demonstrated after failing to use electricity in the area to tap into income generation.
The residents of Ndoli A’ B and Bulwani villages said despite the villages getting electricity six years back under the rural electrification programme, to date they still lack power because of the faulty transformer installed in the area.
During the demonstration, the residents handed over their petition to the sub-county chairperson Charles Wanyama in which they demanded for immediate intervention.
According to Richard Wandera, the affected villages got power in 2012.
“These villages house a number of government facilities, including and primary and secondary school and sub-county headquarters which badly need power,” Wandera said, adding they have been patiently waiting for a solution.
Another resident Benard Wafula said they had complained to Umeme, which has dissociated itself, saying the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was the concerned body.
Immaculate Birungi wondered why government would start development programmes if it cannot accomplish them for the benefit of the lay person.
“Our schools have computers, but students cannot use them because there is no power, yet it had been already installed in the classrooms.
“They should come and take away their poles if they have failed to give us a transformer lest we will help them do so in one month’s period,” she said.
The sub-county chairperson, Charles Wanyama, calmed down the residents, saying he shares the same plight with the community.
“I sometime fail to supervise my technical staff as they are always absent, claiming they have gone to do computer work, yet we have computers in office,” he said. Wanyama said efforts to contact Umeme and Ministry of Energy to intervene had failed.