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Umeme’s Battle Against Vandalism: Cameras on Transmission Towers

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Umeme's Battle Against Vandalism: Cameras on Transmission Towers
Umeme's Battle Against Vandalism: Cameras on Transmission Towers
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In an engagement meeting held on October 5, 2023, Mr. Nicholas Nabaasa, the Mukono District police community liaison officer, revealed Umeme’s plan to address power infrastructure vandalism.

During the meeting, which included Ms. Fatuma Ndisaba, the Mukono RDC, and Mr. Nicholas Nabaasa, the Mukono District police community liaison officer, Umeme aimed to update district leaders on its services and discuss the challenges it faces.

To combat the widespread vandalism of power transmission lines and distribution infrastructure nationwide, Umeme is considering the installation of cameras on all its towers. Mr. Peter Kaujju, the Umeme head of communications and marketing, stated, “We have over 1 million towers across the country and we are exploring the plan of installing cameras in strategic locations. Our mandate of supplying power to Ugandans ends in 2025, so we have the mandate to secure the power infrastructure.”

According to Mr. Kaujju, these cameras would not only help capture vandals but also act as a deterrent. When questioned about the cost-effectiveness of this investment, given the impending end of their mandate in two years, Mr. Kaujju reassured, “the electricity infrastructure belongs to Ugandans, so there should not be any worry about that.”

Vandalism of electricity infrastructure has been a growing concern across the country, with Mukono and Buikwe districts reporting the highest number of cases.