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Nyenga Division Vice Chairperson Charles Bobo says they reported the matter to concerned authorities though have never received any response, adding that businesses in the area are currently struggling.
The business community at Nyenga division in Njeru
Municipality Buikwe district have now spent close to a month in a total
blackout after unknown people cut down electric poles and even took off with the electric
The most affected people are from the villages of
Tongolo, Busaana, Kavule and Kikondo landing site. URN has counted five
electric poles cut down at Kavule with the wires that had been connected missing.
The situation has mostly affected people with maize processing
mills, welders, electrical shops, saloon operators and other vendors operating
electrical appliances to preserve various sorts of drinks and fruits that
easily go bad in a short period of time.
According to John Kasagga, a maize processor and
seller at Nyenga, they gave up opening up the milling center for clients after
losing hope for power supply being restored in the foreseeable future.
He notes that using a generator to process maize
flour is much more expensive following the increase in fuel prices. He reveals that
they have now incurred costs for hiring a security guard to protect maize
grains brought to the mill by farmers as they wait for the restoration of power
Another trader owning an electrical shop at Busaana,
James Mugomba says besides lacking capacity to fuel generators, they have been
completely pushed out of business since no customers come to their
shops for goods and services.
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Nyenga Division Vice Chairperson Charles Bobo says
they reported the matter to concerned authorities though have never received any
feedback on the matter. He adds that several businesses had received a boost
ever since they received power supply in the area but currently they are
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Our efforts to reach out to Umeme on the matter are still unsuccessful.
However, Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Regional Police
Spokesperson says so far three people have been arrested for allegedly cutting poles
and stealing wires. She adds that the hunt for others connected to the same
crimes is still ongoing.