Over 1500 residents in Bunonko-Misoli village in Kigungu ward in Entebbe Municipality have a reason to smile after the Entebbe Division ‘B’ Chairman Stanley Namayirira successfully lobbied for electricity to be extended to Kigungu residents who for long have been living in darkness.
After one and half years protracted negotiations with Umeme officials in Kampala, Chairman Namayirira successfully secured 50 electric poles which were delivered in Kigungu a couple of days ago and according to Entebbe Division ‘B” Vice Chairman Ssengendo Godfrey who also resides in Kigungu indicated that the process of connecting the Kigungu residents to the National Electricity Grid has begun with fixing and erecting the electric poles.
Shortly after he assumed office as Chairman Division ‘B’, Namayirira met with Umeme officials in Kampala and he shared with them the plight of Kigungu residents who have lived in darkness for years without electricity. Namayirira also informed the Umeme officials that Kigungu being in close proximity with Entebbe International Airport, the darkness was a continued security risk to Aircrafts landing and taking off at Entebbe International Airport. Umeme officials agreed to work with Namayirira and they sent their Engineers to carry out their survey and establish the facts on ground. We are confident in the next two months the entire Kigungu ward will be connected on the National Electricity grid, Ssengendo explained.
Ssengendo revealed that so many leaders have been promising Kigungu residents electricity but failed to fulfill.
The electricity will not be free of charge, Kigungu residents will have to pay for the electricity. We are grateful to government and Umeme for agreeing to work with Chairman Stanley Namayirira and extend electricity to Kigungu though our colleagues from NRM are now politicizing the initiative because Namayirira who lobbied for the electricity is from the Democratic Party. One top leader from the NRM also went to Umeme to lobby for electricity for Kigungu residents but they were told that Namayirira had come first. The leader left disappointed, Ssengendo revealed.