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CRISIS: Umeme Now Warns Of More Load Shedding

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and geneva; font-size: small;”>Ugandans have in the past protested the load shedding and asked government to immediately cancel contract with Umeme.

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page geneva; font-size: small;”>“This is a Special Customer service update, Umeme wishes to inform its customers that in accordance with its obligation to provide stability of supply to the industrial sector, the load shedding schedule has been adjusted. Consequently our domestic customers will experience frequent and prolonged load shedding,” Umeme said in a statement today January 11.

Umeme recently said it’s role is to distributes power supplied to it.

The announcement comes at a time when the country is grappling with a traders’ strike that has paralysed business in the capital Kampala.

Traders today kicked off a three-day sit-down strike after Bank of Uganda directed commercial banks to increase their interest rates.

While the Central Bank intended to curb inflation by controlling money in circulation, commercial banks chose to slap the increased interest rates on running loans which were acquired long before BoU’s decision.

Police have deployed heavily amidst fears of possible violence by traders who are accusing government and banks of exploitation.

Umeme has not given any excuse for the load shedding.

We expect the publicist Charlotte Kemigyisha to revert to us as soon as possible.

Matters have further been worsened by reports that teachers are planning to join the traders’ strike.

Over 70,000 teachers have not received their salaries for the last two months. They claim the only way for government to listen to their grievances is through strikes.

Makerere University lecturers are also expected to lay down their tools any time from now in what could worsen the political situation in the country.

The University students would respond with riots that could plunge the city into chaos.

As President Yoweri Museveni plans to meet the striking traders, observers say government needs to fix the economy by controlling inflation, increasing productivity, cutting public expenditure and investing in job-creating projects.

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