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Power Outages Irk Bundibugyo Residents

In 2009, the society won the concession to manage the newly constructed power line in the district. According to the concession, the cooperative is responsible for power distribution, maintenance of the power lines and managing the revenue from power consumers

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Bundibugyo Energy Co-operative Society has come under criticism over the persistent power outages.

In 2009, the society won the concession to manage the newly constructed power line in the district. According to the concession, the cooperative is responsible for power distribution, maintenance of the power lines and managing the revenue from power consumer.

However, the power outages in the district have angered traders.

According to the traders, there have been consistent power outages in the district for close to three months.

Harriet Muhindo, who operates Paradise Unisex Salon in Bundibugyo town, says she spends 10,000 shillings on fuel for the generator whenever there is a shutdown.

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Translation.

"On a normal, we can work on about 20-30 customers but when there is no power, we work on just about five customers because many claim that generators do not fully power the machines and thus they are not worked upon properly"

She wants the society to inform power users whenever there are going to be an outage.

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Translation.

"We ask them to schedule shutdowns and let us know in time, for example,  they can pick one day in which they do their maintenance. But for them, they take power daily and we end up not being helped. You can imagine we didn't have power today and no customer has come through. You can see that is the reason we have these small biscuits for lunch"

Shafik Masudi who owns stationery in town says that as a result of inconsistencies in power supply, there have been short-circuits that have destroyed his equipment. He says that his photocopier machine recently got damaged.

He adds that the lack of power has also increased thefts in town, especially during the night. 

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Eliphaz Mugenyi, the manager Bundibugyo Energy Co-operative Society attributes the outages to regular maintenance.

He, however, says that the cooperative has employed more electricity technicians to manage power blackouts in time.

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