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Opposition Leaders Plot Demo Over Power Outages

Opposition leaders in Mbarara under ‘Electricity Drive Pressure Group” are threatening to stage protests against the rampant electricity load shading.
Opposition leaders in Mbarara under ‘Electricity Drive Pressure Group” are threatening to stage protests against the rampant electricity load shading. The group has given government an ultimatum of one week to address the ongoing power blackouts or else it takes to the streets on Wednesday next week.

Imam Makumbi, DP Vice president Western Uganda says that intend to lead a peaceful procession from Nyamityobora ward through Mbarara town to the UMEME Offices. Makumbi says that they will present their petition to UMEME expressing their dissatisfaction with the ongoing load shading. Flanked by Stanley Katembeya, Mbarara FDC chairman and UPC chairman Herbert Byoreko, Makumbi said load shading has affected hospital operations and derailed businesses.

He accused government of failing to address the issue of electricity which is causing untold suffering to Ugandans.

Katembeya warned businessmen working in rented premises to pressure government to act on the electricity problem or suffer the consequences. He said load shading has also offered criminals the golden opportunities to robe and attack women who leave work at night.

The group has also written to the police asking them to provide the necessary security to enable them have stage a peaceful protest. Polly Namaye, South Western Regional Police spokesperson says they have received the letter. She says that police will read the letter and access the consequences especially the rights of none demonstrators before responding to the letter.

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