Kabale Power Consumers Battle Outages

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Benjamin Busingye, the Kabale area Umeme branch manager told URN that they are sorry for the challenges that lead to the power outages.

The business community in Kabale district is struggling with persistence power outages. On average, Kabale receives power for three days a week for some time now. 
In 2015, power distributors Umeme attributed the power outages to the ongoing works to replace old poles and upgrade their systems for better service delivery.
Umeme promised to resolve the problem by the end of 2015.  However, the situation has worsened as Kabale now receives power for only two days in a week. The power outages have taken a huge toll on members of the business community, whose operations rely on power.
Those most affected by the power outages include welders, milk dealers, saloon operators, and vendors of soft drinks.  According to the hospital director Dr.Alex Andema the hospital spends over 10 million to fuel for the generators in every three months.

Ernest Byamukama is a proprietor of a saloon in Kekubo southern division in Kabale municipality.  Byamukama says he is forced to operate on a generator because of the power outages, which has reduced his profit margin.
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Anna Musimenta, a resident of Central ward in Kabale Municipality, says the power outage has affected their business. She faults Umeme for remaining silent on the matter. Godfrey Turyatunga, a resident of Bugongi ward in Northern division, says he is fed up of after going several days without stable power yet he clears his bills in time.
The unstable power supply has also affected Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, which receives patients from Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Kanungu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring Rwanda. Dr. Alex Andema, the director Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says they spend over Shillings 10 million to fuel the generator every quarter.

Benjamin Busingye, the Kabale area Umeme branch manager told URN that they are sorry for the challenges that lead to the power outages. He blamed the problem on the destruction of their main power line in Maziba and Kaharo sub counties. Busingye appeals to residents to work with Umeme and police to apprehend those behind the destruction of power lines. 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.