FURIOUS: MAYOR SSERUNJOJI OWEDDEMBE BANS UMEME EXCESSIVE FORCE OPERATIONS IN KAWEMPE

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HIS WORSHIP Emmanuel Sserunjojo Oweddembe, Mayor Kawempe Division has written to electricity distribution body, UMEME banning excessive force on his residents during their operations saying, he has received enough reports.

Mayor Sserunjoji has also raised the concerns of illegal connections by UMEME staff in the Division that have in the recent past caused death and other casualties.

In his letter, Sserunjoji says that he continues to receive complaints from the locals that UMEME conducts several operations in the area without the knowledge of local leaders and security heads.

“These operations have resulted into casualties due to the excessive force used by police, UMEME staff and the contractors, the local leaders have to be present,” writes Sserunjoji.

“I have also learnt from my communities that some of your staff and contractors are the ones who do the illegal connections and in the end, they turn around and report the same. There is need for you to carry out thorough investigations to manage these inconsistencies”

“Whereas we have a policy in our Division about operations, all activities and operations by our stakeholders have to be done after informing the respective local leaders to allow guidance on when the activities are to be done in the Division. This has not observed by your teams,” adds the Mayor.

He said all operations which don’t meet the stipulated criteria are not welcome in the Division before asking different concerned individuals to protect the locals in the area.

“By copy of this letter all stake holders, not limited to local council leaders, security head or commanders are requested to protect our residents and the Division from whoever carries out operations and activities in our areas of jurisdiction without putting into consideration the Council Resolutions in place,” reiterates Sserunjoji.

The Mayor further invited the UMEME Managing Director to the Division offices for a harmonious meeting with all the stakeholders to discuss the improvement opportunities.

The letter was also copied to the Deputy RCC, Kawempe Division, Regional Police Commander, Kampala North, Division Police Commanders, Town Clerk, Kawempe and all LC Chairpersons in Kawempe Division.

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