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Kabale municipality residents protest unreliable power supply

Kabale power station. Courtesy photo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents of Kabale Municipality are protesting the unreliable electricity supply in the area.

They argue that for the last two months, they have been experiencing power outages everyday.  Consumers whose businesses fully depend on electricity are also losing business.

Michael Kwehangana, the proprietor of MC super saloon, Ivan Baine director of I.V SoftPhone centre and Kabaya Dondoro, the proprietor of Dondolo electronics note that the unreliable power supply has greatly suffocated their businesses. They add that despite the outages, the power bills have remained high.

Bonny Tumuranze, one of the concerned residents says that Kabale faces an unstable power supply at least 20 days in a month. Tumuranze says that the most affected consumers like saloon operators and welders spend most times without working which affects their income.

Tumuranze says that they will consider holding a demonstration if nothing is done.

John Peter Sunday, a businessman faults UMEME officials for failure to rectify the glitches behind the problem as well as explaining the exact causes of unstable power supply.

When contacted for a comment, Stephen Ilongole, the Umeme media manager referred URN reporter to Kabale branch manager Javira Katongole Wokulira who declined to comment on the matter.



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