Simon Byamukama, a resident of Mwanjari in Southern division, says it is a pity to see that the division has spent a week without power. Byamukama who is also the executive director of let Tus Save Uganda, a non-government organization, says the blackout has left them, most especially those who depend on power to generate income in misery.
Kabale municipality is in
a total blackout, a head of President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s tour in Kigezi
Sub region. Museveni is set to visit Kabale district on Tuesday to Commission
various projects including newly built roads under the Uganda Support to
Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID in Central division in Kigezi
sub region, lands office at Kikungiri hill Southern division in Kabale
municipality and tour tea plantations.
The president is also
expected to meet district and National Resistance Movement-NRM party
leaders from Kigezi and hold a press conference at Makanga State lodge in
Kabale town. He is also expected to
address a public rally at Murola Sub County in
Kisoro district where he garnered 92% of the votes in the sub region in the 2016
preparations for the president’s tour are in high gear, Kabale district is a
total blackout. The entire southern division has spent seven days in a
total power blackout. The whole
municipality spent the entire Monday morning in a blackout drawing the concern
Simon Byamukama, a resident of Mwanjari in Southern division,
says it is a pity to see that the division has spent a week without power.
Byamukama who is also the executive director of let Tus Save Uganda, a non-government
organization, says the blackout has left them, most especially those who
depend on power to generate income in misery.
Byamukama accuses the Umeme Kabale branch officials for
failure to give them an explanation as to why there is a blackout. He also says that their pleas for help
have gone without reply.
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Jimmy Alfred Kyakunzire, a tenant and the Manager Palm Valley
Gardens Hotel in Kabale town, says the power blackout is suffocating the
business of his tenants.
Kyakunzire says his tenants operating saloons have
already vowed not to pay him this month’s rent, arguing that they have
not earned due to lack of power.
Kyakunzire wants Museveni to intervene since he is
visiting Kabale and order Umeme officials to rectify the problem of the blackout.
//Cue in: “ tutwiire nekizibu kyamashanyarazi…
Cue out: …bakaturetera transformer.”//
Midias Kamugisha, the proprietor of KAVCO bakery, says she
has spent five days without slicing bread for sale since the slicer requires
power, which has been off for days. Kamugisha says that he is making loses since
the bread is expiring before sale.
//Cue in: “Emigaati machine eragyishara…
Cue out: …kezindi districts.”//
Peace Twesiime, a saloon operator in Nyakambu, says the power
blackout has left her in a quagmire since only earns from her saloon.
//Cue in: “ haza nyowe niho…
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Denis Akampurira owns a carpentry workshop. He says what
angers him most is that despite the power blackout, Umeme bills them highly.
//Cue in: “ nyine carpentry workshop…
Cue out: …tibatugasiire munonga.”//
Javira Katongole, the Umeme Kabale branch manager declined
to comment on the matter and directed our reporter to their head office in Kampala.
Stephen Ilongole, the Umeme Media Manager, told our reporter
that the matter is too small to appear in the media. Ilongole also said that
the blackout started over the weekend after their transformer became faulty.