Vendors in Mbale Central Market are counting losses following
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
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
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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
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.