REG cautions public against quack technicians

On 31 October 2017 at 04:59

The Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Ron Weiss has called on the general public to avoid working with and be alert on impostor technicians claiming to be employees of REG or affiliated institutions as such individuals cause severe system damages that at times result into loss of lives.

Weiss was speaking Tuesday in a press conference responding to the recent electricity-related injuries and deaths which he said were caused by illegal connections.

“REG would like to remind all the general public and its esteemed customers that whoever needs to be connected to electricity network or has an issue related to power should seek support from REG technicians provided by the respective branches,” he said.

He said that some incidents that have resulted into injuries and death have resulted from using substandard materials, using unprofessional technicians, touching cables and climbing high voltage lines and cabins.

“There are unqualified technicians operating upon deceit of the public out there claiming to be REG, Energy, Utility Corporation Ltd (EUCL) or Energy Development Corporation Ltd (EDCL) employees, telling citizens that they can give them access to electricity or repair their installations,” he warned.

“REG management is calling upon the general public to be cautious with these people commonly known as ABAHIGI, because their services are substandard and may result into electrocution or fires,” he cautioned.

REG says that on 22ndOctober, in Rutunga sector of Gasabo District, two children were electrocuted after touching an electricity wire that was used illegally to share electricity between two households.

On 25th October, in Muganza sector of Rusizi District, one of the three young girls was electrocuted and the other two were injured as a result of a cable that was detached by an unqualified technician claiming to be EUCL staff.

The same week, on Sunday, 29th in Musanze District, a 31-year-old man who was cutting grass was struck by electrical shock when he tempered with the electrical cables that were emerging from an electrical cabin. The same day in Musanze, a 10-year-old student was struck by electrical shock after trampling on the uninsulated MV line cable which was damaged by a road maintenance company.

The Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Ron Weiss speaks in a press conference
REG management and journalists in a press conference.