PIC: A Police officer controlling the demostrators in Buhehe
BUSIA - Residents in Buhehe sub-county, Busia district have demonstrated after failing to use electricity in the area to venture in business.
The residents of Ndoli A’ B and Bulwani villages said despite the villages being on the power grid for six years, they still lack power.
The bitter residents, who were wielding placards, said lack of power had frustrated their efforts to engage in small scale business.
This is because of the faulty transformer that was installed in the area.
During the demonstration, the residents petitioned the sub-county chairperson Charles Wanyama, demanding immediate intervention.
The non-functional tranformer in Buhehe
According to Richard Wandera, a resident, the affected villages were put on the power grid under the rural electrification programme in 2012.
Resident Benard Wafula said they had severally complained to Umeme, which has dissociated itself with the issue, referring them to Rural electrification Agency.
Immaculate Birungi, a resident, wondered why the Government would start on a project if it could not accomplish it.
“Our schools have computers, but students cannot use them because there is no power,” Birungi said.
Wanyama calmed down the residents, saying he shares their sentiment.
“I have a challenge supervising my technical staff as they are always away doing computer work,” he said.
Wanyama said efforts to contact Umeme and the energy minstry to intervene in the issue were futile.