UMEME to fight Illegal Connections Among ‘Nsenene’ Dealers
Power distributors Umeme Limited is moving to regulate power consumption among persons involved in tapping and selling grasshoppers in the country.
Umeme says power losses are usually at the peak during the season saying that majority of the persons involved in the trade use illegal connections to avoid power costs. The Ugandan delicacy known locally as Nsenene is harvested using lights. Dealers tap power using strong bulbs which attract the ‘insects’ and trap them onto glittering iron sheets into drums.
Umeme Western Region Manager Isaac Katewanga says that power worth 4.5 million dollars was lost to illegal connections last season in the areas of Kyotera, Masaka, Nyendo, Mateete, Lwemiyaga, Lyantonde, Mutukula and Gomba, where the business thrives.
Katewanga says that Umeme has now banned tapping of power directly from existing cables and advised those involved in the harvest to buy pre-paid meters.