In their petition handed over to Bosco Odoch Olak, the National Resistance Movement Coordinator for Northern Uganda on Saturday, the vendors want the president to intervene in the matter and ensure constant power supply.
Gulu City have petitioned President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over the persistent
power blackouts. Through their chairperson Patrick Omaya, the more than four
thousand vendors say the persistent
power blackouts in the city affect greatly affect their businesses.
They say that the most affected are vendors in Gulu Main
Market, which lacks an alternative source of power to bridge the gap. In their
petition handed over to Bosco Odoch Olak, the National Resistance Movement
Coordinator for Northern Uganda on Saturday, the vendors want the president to
intervene in the matter and ensure constant power supply.
They also want
the president to provide solar lighting in the market, arguing that the market suffers a total blackout whenever the electricity goes off. Santos Obura, the General Secretary Gulu Main Market, says that vendors are
forced to move outside the market in the afternoon because of poor lighting.
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David Onyach, who represented the Gulu Resident City Commissioner, also decried
intermittent power supply in Northern Uganda, saying it is a nightmare for many
people especially those whose business relies on electricity.
The vendors made their demand at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu City on Saturday while
receiving a Fuso Lorry Truck registration number UBH 535 V and Shillings 20
million donated by President Museveni to facilitate their transport and
Museveni promised to give the vendors the truck in February
2021 during the thanksgiving prayer for local chairpersons held at Kaunda
Grounds in Gulu City. Bosco Odoch Olak, who presided over the handover
of the vehicle promised to deliver the vendors petition and demands to the
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