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Rubona Town Council Hit By Power Outage

The town council has not had power for two weeks due to a faulty transformer.
Workers of Stabix Fuel Station waiting for electricty to be reconnnected. They say that they have lost over 21 million shillings in the past one week due to power outage

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Business operators in Rubona Town Council in Bunyangabu district are counting losses following a two weeks power outage.

According to the residents, power has been off after the transformer broke down, which has affected their businesses.

Geoffrey Amanyire, a worker at Stabix Fuel station says that they have so far made a loss of 21 million shillings due to the power outage. He says that despite contacting the power distributor, UMEME, they have not been of help.

Penninah Kabatalya, who owns a maize mill in the town notes that she would make about 300,000 shillings daily from her business. She, however, says that she has made a loss of more than 2 million shillings.

Kabatalya wonders why UMEME has failed to replace the faulty transformer. 

//Cue in: “Tinkutunga ka sente…

Cue out… kukora mumasanyarazi.”//.

Nathan Winyi, who owns a bar and a lodge in the same area, says that customers have since shunned his business. He says he would make lots of money from those seeking cold beverages and customers in need of accommodation.

//Cue in: “Enu niyo Rubona's…

Cue out… masanyarazi, tiwine business.”//

David Rutasweka, the LC III Chairman Rubona Town council says that as leaders they have tried to intervene and contact UMEME but they have not been told the exact day when the transformer will be replaced.

//Cue out: “I don't know…

Cue out…zona ziri hansi.”//

A staff at the UMEME Regional Office in Fort Portal who preferred anonymity says that there are plans to replace the transformer.


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