Members of the business community in Soroti municipality are counting loses following a power outage for the last three days. The most affected business people include metal Fabricators, beverage dealers, carpenters, millers and supermarket operators. Super Market operators claim to have lost millions of shillings in perishable items that need refrigeration.
Richard Olupot, who works at Ben and sons Mini Super Market along Main Street Soroti –Mbale road, says they threw away all perishable items such as yoghurt and sausages after they went bad.
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Janet Biriwali, a widow and a mother of seven who operates a metal fabrication workshop says she has been hit hard by the power outage. Biriwali says she had secured a contract to supply some items to some organization she didn’t name, but the work has stalled because of the power outage.
She says the rampant power outages affect people like her, whose entire job relies on electricity. Biriwali says her workers were rendered jobless because of the power outages, making it difficult for them to provide for their families.
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Patel, a worker at Happy Super Market says they are finding it difficult to operate on generator. He says they spend between 60,000 shillings and 100,000 to fuel the generator daily. Richard Lubega, the UMEME area manager says they are working hard to restore power. He explains that their power transmission equipment at Opuyo sub power station in Soroti broke down on Saturday.