By John Kakande
MAVERICK Lubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi (pictured right) has said the electricity tariff reduction announced this week is not real.
He claims that the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) is a cheat that should be apologising to power consumers instead of expecting cheers. His argument is that the new tariffs should take effect from June 2001, but not September 1, 2002.
â€œThe Electricity Regulatory Authority has not reduced the tariff in any way. It has been cheating the consumer by charging VAT on the basis of the old tariff, which is sh189 instead of sh150, the tariff Parliament last pronounced,â€ Lukyamuzi told a press conference on Thursday.
â€œWhat the Regulatory Authority refers to as a reduction to sh168 from sh189 is a realisation of the previously wrong calculation, which I was about to challenge in Parliament. it is not at all a reduction,â€ said Lukyamuzi at the conference at Parliamentâ€™s South committee room.
UEB on Monday announced a tariff cut of sh20 on each unit consumed by domestic and industrial categories.
Mr. D. Okumu, the manager for pricing and regulation in the Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited dismissed Lukyamuziâ€™s claims.