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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.
29 Jul 2019 18:12
Simon Byamukama , one of the complainants

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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 general elections.

Although the 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 of residents.  

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. 

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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.

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Peace Twesiime, a saloon operator in Nyakambu, says the power blackout has left her in a quagmire since only earns from her saloon.  

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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.   .

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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. 

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