Members of Parliament have demanded from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development a comprehensive statement on persistent power outages currently being experienced nationwide.
Rising on a matter of national importance during plenary sitting on Thursday, legislators demanded to know how technically possible it is for the whole country to undergo a blackout with four major dams that include; Isimba, Karuma, Bujagali and Nalubaale each with its own transmission line and substations without any major national disaster.
Hoima City Woman Representative, Asinansi Nyakato pointed out that the entire country experienced a power outage on Wednesday and part of Thursday, noting that power outage is not being experienced for the first time and called for a permanent solution.
But Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister of General Duties apologized for the load shedding, and committed to ensure that the Minister of Energy responds to the matter and gives urgent accountability and a way forward for what has happened.
In response, the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development led by Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu to present a response on the matter next week to the House.
On Wednesday, the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited – UETCL, without giving reasons announced on its social media pages that they are experiencing a national blackout.