4 pupils electrocuted as concerns grow over power theft in Sironko

Daily Monitor

At least four pupils have died in Sironko District in the last three weeks due to illegal electricity connections, the district security committee report shows. The latest incident, which happened last Thursday, claimed a life of a 10-year-old boy identified as Zaidi Namisi.

Energy minister Irene Muloni says vandalism and power theft is economic sabotage, adding that government has started educating residents about the dangers of the vice. She says as a way of fighting illegal connections, government, through the Rural Electrification Agency, will from June roll out a free electricity connection policy aimed at increasing the percentage of the rural population accessing electricity.

Source: Daily Monitor


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