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Butchers Cry as Two Tons of Meat Rot in Jinja Market

If it is true that butchers pay 40,000 each per month for power, then 300 of them raise 12,000,000 for electricity in one month, three times the outstanding bill that led to disconnection.
Some of the rotten meat in one of the fridges.

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Over 300 butchers in Jinja are in tears as the power outage in Jinja central market enters its third week. 

Speaking to URN on Thursday, the butchers said that they lose about 150kgs of beef daily which is estimated to have cost them over 25 Million Shillings in the past two weeks as over 2,000 kgs went to waste.

They say that, since their sales are unstable and they lack clear statistics on the amount of meat consumed daily, butchers often receive surplus meat from their suppliers and the excess meat requires constant refrigeration to keep it fresh. However, due to lack of stable power supply, such meat is left to rot away.

Amina Tibilwa, a beef dealer says that, they often make big sales during evening hours, however, due to the current state of darkness, potential buyers have since shunned the market, leaving their meat to rot away.

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Ismael Mutabazi, a goats’ meat dealer says that, each butcher pays 40,000 Shillings to cater for electricity bills on a monthly basis, but they have been treated to frequent power outages which have continuously landed them in loses, yet city authorities have not bothered to explain the anomalies.If it is true that butchers pay 40,000 each per month for power, then 300 of them raise 12,000,000 for electricity in one month, three times the outstanding bill that led to disconnection.

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Majid Mpoya, a butcher says that, most of them survive on bank loans to keep their businesses afloat however, with the current loses accruing on a daily basis, they have failing to raise the various amounts in interest required to service their credit facilities. 

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Ronald Byarugaba, another butcher says that city authorities should devise other means of ensuring constant power supply in the meat department by installing solar powered refrigerators, which will minimize on the loses encountered during the endless power outages. 

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Henry Mugimba, the Jinja central market vendors’ chairperson says that, the market is yet to clear off the four Million Shillings power bill owed to UMEME which prompted the power disconnection. 

Meanwhile, Jinja city’s spokesperson, Rajab Kiito says that, the current tax collection system where all local revenues are directly remitted to the Uganda Revenue Authority-URA account, has left them without the funds required to clear off utility bills for all the city’s public facilities in time.

Kiito further says that, they have since written to all the utility providers, alerting them to exercise some form of leniency, since the current system only favors them to payoff bills on a quarterly basis.

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