Frequent, Unannounced Power Outages Irk Karamoja Frequent and unannounced power outages lasting up to more than 72 hours in Karamoja have irked consumers making them more ill-fated. Consumers now face a multiple difficulties in managing their business wit
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Unannounced power cuts lasting up to more than 72 hours have irked power consumers in Karamoja. The most affected are proprietors of restaurants, bars, hotels and service providers in Napak and Moroto districts.
The outages also affect supply piped water to more than 20,000 people in Moroto municipality and Kangole Town council. Alex Lemu, the mayor Moroto Municipality says the power outage has reached alarming levels.
He explains that outages have caused a lot of misery to the business community within the municipality. Lemu says something should be done so as to save losses being incurred by consumers.
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Saidi Balikowa, the proprietor Umoja Welders and Fabricators in Moroto says the outages have caused them a lot of misery. He estimates to have lost over Ush 1.5 million since power went off on Friday last week.
He asks the concerned authorities to find means of creating awareness among the consumers for proper planning. Immaculate Namusisi, the owner of Belezza Unisex saloon in Moroto says silent outages are a menace.
She claims the unnecessary power cuts characterized by shortages have caused a lot of despair among the people who depend on electricity to earn a living. Efforts to speak to Alfred Okumu, the in-charge Umeme office Moroto were futile as his known numbers were switched off.
Construction works for a UGX 12.6 billion power line from Katakwi to Moroto via Napak district in Karamoja sub-region was completed in 2012.