Power distribution company, Umeme Limited has suspended the Electricity Connections Policy (ECP) program due to lack of sufficient funds.
The ECP was launched in 2018. Customers were required to pay only shs 20,000 for inspection and government caters for the remaining connection fees in a move aimed at connecting 300,000 customers annually implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency.
“Unfortunately, due to a realignment of priorities and financial resources by government in part brought by the unexpected Covid-19 pandemic, the ECP program has been put on hold until further notice,” a statement by the Umeme head of communications, Peter Kaujju said.
“The Ministry of Energy, the Electricity Regulatory Authority and REA are fully aware of the current constraints and we are confident a solution will be found to sustain this program.”
Umeme said they will be informing their customers in case of any new developments about the program.