At least 10 small scale factories in Kyotera town council in Rakai have suspended their operations because of the persistent power blackout. Last week, UMEME disconnected power to Kyotera Town council over unclear reasons.
At least 10 small scale factories in Kyotera town council in Rakai have suspended their operations because of the persistent power blackout. Last week, UMEME disconnected power to Kyotera Town council over unclear reasons. As a result, the power black out has crippled operations of several small scale businesses such as maize flour mills, coffee factories and welders.
Residents say they have not received any explanation from UMEME why the power supply to Kyotera town was disconnected. John Kigoye, Chairman Kyotera town council small business association chairperson says that more than 10 small scale factories whose operation depends on electricity are redundant because of the blackout.
He says that most of the affected factories can not afford to operate on generators because it is not economically viable given the current fuel prices. According to Kigoye, who owns a welding workshop and coffee factory says he needs about shillings 300.000 daily to run a generator, which is too high. Kigoye says that he decided to close his businesses until when the power will be reconnected.
He says that as a result of the closure of the business has left close to 200 youths jobless.
Vincent Lukyamuzi, who also owns a maize flour mill, says that he has lost close to 100 clients ever since he stopped working on Sunday. He explains that he is currently surviving on his capital investment which is dangerous for his business.
Lukyamuzi says they have given UMEME up to Thursday to reconnect the power or else they will pitch camp at their offices in Masaka until they reconnect them because they have been clearing their bills promptly. URN tried in vain to get a comment from Kirunda Magoola, UMEME Regional manager as our reporter was blocked by Saracen guards from accessing his office.
Magoola could neither pick nor return calls when our reporter tried reaching him on his mobile. On Monday this week, a group of journalists in Masaka stormed UMEME offices demanding for an explanation over the worsening power crisis. The journalists claimed that due to power outages, it was becoming extremely difficult for them to type their stories and edit sounds.