UMEME not importing utility poles from South Africa

Electric poles in Uganda. UMEME says these poles aren't imported as NTV Uganda claimed (Photo: Courtesy)

FACT CHECK: Uganda’s major power distributor, UMEME Ltd has clarified on claims the company imports utility poles from South Africa for its nationwide electricity distribution.

The claim was made by news outlet NTV Uganda in one of its news bulletin on Sunday.

However, UMEME through its social media platforms released a statement to dismiss the claims and clarified that all its poles are sourced from local Ugandan certified pole treatment plants.

“Our attention has been drawn to a story aired on NTV Uganda on Sunday suggesting Umeme, Uganda’s lading power distributor, imports utility poles from South Africa. We would like to clarify and affirm that Umeme sources all its poles from local Ugandan certified pole treatment plants,” part of the statement from UMEME reads.

“We utilise on average 90,000 treated poles per annum from wood or concrete. The certified pole treatment plants, our primary suppliers, source their poles from the tree plantation owners at terms amicably agreed between themselves,” the statement adds.

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UMEME adds that the company is committed to promoting Government’s local content through the Buy Uganda Build Uganda policy.

Below is the Full Statement

UMEME’s official statement on poles importation claims

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