The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited has refuted claims that they deliberately cut off power in most parts of the country to deny Ugandans the chance of watching Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi on Voice of America.
Power went off five minutes into Shaka Ssali’s “Straight Talk Africa” show where he hosted Robert Kyagulanyi and Uganda’s ambassador to the US Mull Katende.
Engineer Richard Matsiko, the manager operations and maintenance at Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL) says the power blackout was due to failure by the five towers that support Lugogo and vandalism.
“Around 4 or 5pm, the system conditions changed and couldn’t cope,” he told press on Thursday.
He said their technicians worked around the clock to fix the Owen Falls Dam transmission line that was vandalised, plunging most parts of the country into darkness.
Power distributing company Umeme Limited and the Uganda Electricity Transmission Limited have blamed Wednesday’s power blackout to vandalism on their installations in Mukono which caused five pylons to collapse #NTVNews https://t.co/qJptgsGvbZ pic.twitter.com/6wVXyko79K
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) September 13, 2018
Matsiko said due to the constrained electricity network resulting from vandalized UETCL towers, the country may experience power interruptions across different parts.
Bobi Wine meets Ugandan community
After appearing on VOA, Bobi Will Saturday have a brief conversation with Ugandans and well-wishers in a town hall meeting in Washington DC from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at the Greenbelt Library 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt MD 20770.
On Sunday 16th September, he will have prayers with the Ugandan community and well-wishers in Boston at the St. Mary’s Parish, Waltham Massachusetts, 133 School Street. The mass will begin at 1:00pm.
Amb Katende earlier accused Ugandans of employing inappropriate means of expressing discontent through strikes and demonstrations.
The diplomat says it is this chosen way of showing discontent that is responsible for the brutality meted out by security officers towards demonstrators.