A section of Legislators has demanded an explanation from the Government and specifically the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development over the stalled electricity projects across the country.
The MPs were concerned that the stalled power line projects in their respective constituencies had resulted to some of the infrastructures getting destroyed due to delays in the completion of the projects.
Ina Plenary Sitting chaired by the Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa on 12th May 2022, Busujju County MP, Hon. David Lukyamuzi raised concern over stalled projects in his constituency in 2019.
“In 2019, the Government contracted Tisan Company to supply and distribute electricity in Kitongo parish. The project was launched and only covered 50 percent before it was abandoned. In the same time, Government-contracted Mega Electricals to distribute power in Butayunja Sub-county which was also launched and later abandoned. This has been the case in the whole of Mityana district,” Lukyamuzi said.
Tororo District Woman MP, Sarah Opendi also said that the problem was in Tororo District. He noted that from the time REA was reintegrated into the Ministry of Energy, they have had challenges in moving forward with their projects.
She said that there was a need for the Energy and Mineral Development to conduct countrywide field assessments to identify and address the challenge. She added that there was a need for the Ministry to update Parliament the progress of REA planned activities.
Kalungu West County’s Hon. Joseph Ssewungu was demanded to know why electricity projects continue to stall yet Parliament allocated money for the national rural electrification project.
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is a semi-autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament, to operationalize the Government’s rural electrification function. It functions as a secretariat of the Rural Electrification Board (REB) which carries out the rural electrification responsibilities, as defined in the Electricity Act of 1999.
Rural Electrification Agency (REA) was established as a statutory instrument in 2001 (no. 75), but started its functions in July 2003. REA has a board, the Rural Electrification Board (REB), which gives it policy guidance.
The Rural Electrification Agency is mandated to facilitate the government’s goal of achieving a rural electrification rate of atleast 10% by the year 2012 from 1% at the beginning of the decade.
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA), an agency under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is tasked with the responsibility for operationalizing the Government’s rural electrification function.
In 2018, Parliament approved a loan request to borrow money amounting to US$212.6 million from China Exim Bank to extend electricity to 287 sub-counties across the country.
The Deputy Speaker directed the energy minister to present a comprehensive statement to the House on Wednesday, 18th May 2022 on dimmed energy and the implementation of REA projects.