The trouble with rural electrification in Uganda

The government agency may extend the electric poles all the way to the doorsteps of rural folks but if houses are not built to standards sufficient for wiring and the costs of wiring are beyond the capacity of the recipients, it is an exercise in futility.

Sometimes after you have worked through all the other issues like compensating land owners in the pathway of the power lines and getting power to the village, you will be asked the question: “Who is paying the bill?” High connection costs, high power tariffs as well as complicated application processes are getting in the way of rural electrification, Madam Minister!

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