By Denis Wetondo
Mbale Central Market leadership is blaming Mbale City Authority for failing to clear their outstanding electricity bill.
Speaking to this website today 2nd March 2021, Bakari Nabende, the Central Market Publicity Secretary, said Mbale City has not paid the bill amounting to Shs62million which has accumulated over a period of 2 months.
Bakari who said the Market was switched two weeks ago explains that as the Market executive, they collect money from users and remit it to the City Council who in turn clear the market bills.
He said that they have tried to Inquire from the City Authority but they have not received any useful reply yet.
Suzan Nambozo and Stephen Namondo, both saloon operators decried the blackout saying they can no longer sustain their families since their business relies entirely on electricity.
A staff at Mbale UMEME branch who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity admitted that UMEME disconnected the Market over Shs62million arrears. He however said they will reconnect the Market immediately the arrears are paid.
James Kutosi, the Mbale City PRO admitted that indeed it is the City Authority that clears Central Market bills like water, electricity and garbage collection.
He hastened to add however, that most vendors have refused to pay money for electricity as a result the City Authority has not been receiving money from the market.