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Kaberamaido Business Community Count Losses Over Power Outage

Hellen Enenu, a mobilizer of the business community is Kaberamaido says that thieves in Kaberamaido tend to take advantage of the power outages to break into shops and residences.
An electrician on the pole in Moroto town.

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The business community in Kaberamaido is planning to protest against the power blackout in their district.

According to the business community, since the district was connected to national grid in 2012, the power supply has not been stable, which has caused them losses. 

John Ecelu, the chairperson the business community in Kaberamaido says that when there is power outage, Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited- UEDCL office does not explain to the community when power will be restored. 

He says that they plan to demonstrate to send a message to UEDCL to improve on their services.

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Hellen Enenu, a mobilizer of the business community is Kaberamaido says that thieves in Kaberamaido tend to take advantage of the power outages to break into shops and residences. 

“We are approaching festivities where cases of theft usually rise in this place. At least when there is power, some people fear engaging in criminal activities since security lights will be on. And to make it worse, the units keep running when we are not using the power, why?” she wondered.

Salami Engwenyu, a passion fruits vendor in Kaberamaido says that constant power blackouts have forced him to abandon his business. Engwenyu says that he cannot meet the demandof his customers who are in need of cold drinks.

Francis Elutu, a welder in Kaberamaido says power blackouts have rendered him jobless and has affected his business. He explains that every time he receives an order to make doors, he is frustrated forcing his customers to run to go to Lira or Soroti town. 

Jonan Kizza, the Spokesperson of UEDCL, says the power outages are caused by a number of factors including the heavy rains that destroy electricity poles. He, however, notes that they are rectifying the problem to ensure there is constant supply of power. 

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On failure to notify clients on power outages, Kizza acknowledged that while the company has been sending text messages to the communities, some were unable to understand, prompting them to resort to radio announcements.