BREAKING: Electricity Crisis Sparks City Revolt

The traders are protesting against power distributor Umeme for cutting them off the grid for five days in a row which has shot up costs of production at the Industrial streets.
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generic geneva; font-size: small;”>Enraged traders lit bonfires in the middle of the roads to protest against massive load shedding that has paralysed business at the busy streets.

health geneva; font-size: small;”>They accused Umeme of keeping them off the grid for five days in a row.

approved geneva; font-size: small;”>“We no longer get consistent power to run our machines. Whenever power is available, it lasts for minutes. We are contemplating quitting printing business,” said Hassan Mutyaba, a businessman at Muzza Plaza along Nasser Road.

The traders chanted: “Umeme must go. UEB was far better.”

Traders said they could hardly sustain their businesses using generators since fuel is extremely expensive.

Most traders threatened to widen the strike if their grievance is not solved in the shortest time possible.

The demonstration lasted for over an hour as traders pelted stones at police.

Security forces swung into action to avert a possible spread of the riot to nearby streets.

Power distributors Umeme have distanced themselves from the saga, saying they distribute power offered to them by dams.

However, while appearing before Parliament last week, Gen. Salim Saleh said Umeme was very inefficient. He said it was a mistake to privatise Uganda Electricity Board.

Mbarara town nearly spent last entire week without power. Most Kampala dwellers say they no longer iron their attire while others claim to sleep on empty stomachs as the electricity crisis deepens.

President Yoweri Museveni has since accused opposition of causing the load shedding by frustrating the construction of Bujagali dam.

Nasser and Nkrumah streets form the better part of Kampala’s print industry hub. Nearly 10,000 folks earn a living from the industry based in the heart of the city.


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