Mbale Central Market Traders To Strike Over Power Blackout


By Wetondo Denis Julius




Vendors operating at Mbale central market have given Municipal authorities one week to restore power in the market or face their wrath.


The market has not been having electricity for over one week, with traders saying it is making them lose revenue.


Speaking to this reporter yesterday, 9th December 2020, Anna Wamweru, a cloth seller for instance said that power blackout has made them lose in terms of getting customers since there is too much darkness in the market.


She added that without power, it’s hard to walk through the market due to darkness which scares most of the customers.


Samson Wambente, a saloon operator also told this reporter that he has taken one week now without operating yet his saloon business is where he earns his daily income to support his family.


Peter Wanzala, one of the vendors selling fresh foods says that most of their merchandise like meat and fresh fish among others is rotting every day due to nonfunctioning of fridges due to power blackout.


They asked Mbale central market executive to fix the problem of power blackout within this week or else they will hold a peaceful demonstration.


However, Yusufu Nsubuga the General Sectary Of Mbale Central Market has called for calm among vendors saying that power blackout in the market was caused by burning of main wires connecting to one of the market transformers.


He adds that some areas in the market are having power but some not leaving over 3000 vendors affected.


He added that they have already alerted UMEME, Mbale region and their engineers are already on the ground trying to fix the problem.


Nsubuga also confirmed that by today, Thursday electricity will be on in the whole market.

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