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Yusuf Nsubuga, the General Secretary Mbale Central Market, says the generators guzzle 20 liters of fuel within two hours, which is very costly for the vendors.
One of The Huge Generators Lying Idle In Mbale Central Market

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Two heavy duty generators installed in Mbale Central Market in Mbale Municipality to provide backup power to vendors have been left to waste away. 

The generators were installed during the reconstruction of the market under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme–MATIP1 between 2011 to 2013.

However, the two generators haven't been used for the last four years. Vendors claim they abandoned the generators because of heavy fuel consumption. 

Yusuf Nsubuga, General Secretary Mbale Central Market, says the generators guzzle 20 liters of fuel within two hours, which is very costly for the vendors.

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Muhamadi Wafula, the Vice Chairperson Mbale Central Market Business Association, says whenever there is a power blackout vendors operate in darkness because they can't afford the cost of fuel.

 

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Ismael Gidudu, a butcher in Mbale Central Market, says they are faced with a challenge of unreliable electricity supply. He says the vendors are forced to buy Ice Blocks to preserve meat and fish.

Kenneth Khatuli, the Deputy Town Clerk Mbale Municipal Council defends the installation of the heavy duty generators, saying it is what is needed for the market.

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