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Electricity Court Convicts Wireman of Illegal Electrical Installation

On 21st September 2017, the Standards, Utility and Wildlife Court (Electricity Court) convicted a one Tumuhimbise Christopher for carrying out electrical installation without a valid permit issued by Electricity Regulatory Authority contrary to S.88 (1) and (2) of the Electricity Act, 1999 and giving false information to a public officer contrary to s.115 of the Penal Code Act cap 120.

The conviction of Tumuhimbise Christopher preceded his apprehension by investigators from Criminal Investigations Directorate attached to ERA. On 18th September 2017, Tumuhimbise Christopher was found carrying out electrical works on the premises of NDEGE Benon, located along Busabala Road, Makindye Division without a valid permit. When the investigators asked him whether he had a permit, he stated that he had one but when they checked on the ERA website they found out that he wasn’t among the persons issued with a valid permit for the year 2017. The false information given to the officers amounted to giving false information to a public officer contrary to s.115 of the Penal Code Act cap 120.

Tumuhimbise Christopher, was presented before Grade One Magistrate; Marion Mangeni of the Standards, Utilities and Wildlife Court on Buganda Road and pleaded guilty on both counts.

According to Magistrate Marion Mangeni, Tumuhimbise is to pay a fine of UGX.400,000 for count 1 and was cautioned on the second count.

ERA has always urged all wiremen carrying out electrical installations to apply for permits to allow them do their work legally and professionally to avoid electrical accidents caused by poor wiring done by unprofessional and uncertified wiremen. ERA organizes workshops and training for wiremen in different regions, the most recent one being workshops and trainings in Kalangala, Masaka and Mbarara Districts. The investigators are carrying out investigations to apprehend all uncertified wiremen. ERA urges all wiremen to have a valid electrical installation permits.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 09:24