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Mbale Market Vendors Count Losses Over Power Outages

There has been unreliable power supply in the market for the past one month after two transformers installed at the market broke down, leaving the market in darkness.
17 Oct 2019 12:40
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Vendors in Mbale Central Market are counting losses following power outage.

There has been unreliable power supply in the market for the past one month after two transformers installed at the market broke down, leaving the market in darkness.

The most affected vendors include those dealing in clothes, drinks, and fish among others.

Rogers Gidudu, a vendor dealing in first-hand clothes says they cannot sell their goods, especially at night due to the outages. He says that whoever works at night pay 4,000 shillings to buy fuel for the generator.

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Musa Waiswa, a dealer in fresh fish says that in order to keep his fish fresh, he is forced to buy ice cubes at 2,000 shillings everyday.

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Paul Sempira Sewava, the station Manager UMEME Mbale Branch says that it is the municipal council’s responsibility to ensure that the transformers are replaced.

Mbale municipality town clerk Paul Batanda says that he has written to the Electricity Regulatory Authority-ERA to intervene and replace the transformers.

Julius Wandera, the ERA spokesperson declined to comment on the matter saying that he hadn’t seen the letter from the municipal council.  

“I haven’t seen the letter yet, so I can’t comment on the issue, but tomorrow I will be in office and try to look around for it,” he said.

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