Rural Electrification Boss Sacked, MPs Seek Museveni Intervention

Rural Electrification Agency (REA) executive director Godfrey Turyahikayo has been fired by the board. Mr Turyahikayo has been running the agency since it was established in 2003.

However, in a seven page letter written by Mr Keefa Kiwanuka, the Parliament natural resources committee chairman asked the President to intervene in the matter, pointing to a leadership wrangle within the agency.

REA was set up in 2003 to spearhead rural electrification, whose access currently stands at only 6 per cent. The agency, governed by a seven-member board, is also currently in charge of implementing the free electricity connection policy.

The committee in a brief, mentioned issues of contention that need the President’s attention such as the refusal to renew the ED’s contract as “a matter potentially with disastrous consequences for the energy sector and REA itself.”

It also mentions issues of quality and suspected fraud in projects implemented by REA, which have been highlighted by different sector players.

Full article: Daily Monitor

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