The business community in Kaberamaido is planning to protest
against the power blackout in their district.
According to the business community, since the district was
connected to national grid in 2012, the power supply has not been stable, which
has caused them losses.
John Ecelu, the chairperson the business community in Kaberamaido says that when
there is power outage, Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited- UEDCL
office does not explain to the community when power will be restored.
He says that they plan to demonstrate to send a message to UEDCL to improve on
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Hellen Enenu, a mobilizer of the business community is Kaberamaido says that
thieves in Kaberamaido tend to take advantage of the power outages to break
into shops and residences.
“We are approaching festivities where cases of theft usually rise in this
place. At least when there is power, some people fear engaging in criminal
activities since security lights will be on. And to make it worse, the units
keep running when we are not using the power, why?” she wondered.
Salami Engwenyu, a passion fruits vendor in Kaberamaido says that constant
power blackouts have forced him to abandon his business. Engwenyu says that he cannot meet the demandof his customers who are in
need of cold drinks.
Francis Elutu, a welder in Kaberamaido says power blackouts have rendered him
jobless and has affected his business. He explains that every time he receives
an order to make doors, he is frustrated forcing his customers to run to go to
Lira or Soroti town.
Jonan Kizza, the Spokesperson of UEDCL, says the power outages are caused by a
number of factors including the heavy rains that destroy electricity poles. He,
however, notes that they are rectifying the problem to ensure there is constant
supply of power.
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On failure to notify clients on power outages, Kizza acknowledged that while
the company has been sending text messages to the communities, some were unable
to understand, prompting them to resort to radio announcements.