Soroti Town in Blackout

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Steven Opejo, the LC I chairperson Cell D in Central ward in Eastern Division says the absence of street lighting has escalated crime.

Soroti town has been in blackout for the last three months following the disconnection of street lights due to an accumulated bill worth 10 million Shillings. 

 
The street lights are found along Soroti Main Street, Jumabahai, Pamba, Camp Swahili, Nakatunya, Pioneer and Solot Avenues.  
 

Steven Opejo, the LC I chairperson Cell D in Central ward in Eastern Division says the absence of street lighting has escalated crime.
 
 
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Ronny Oron, a resident of central ward says due to the darkness, walking in Soroti town at night has become very risky.
 

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Norman Erochu, a resident of senior quarters in Western Division is particularly concerned about the safety of night commuters.
 
 
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Latif Abdullah, the Works Secretary Soroti Municipality blames the accumulated electricity bill on low local revenue collections.
 
According to Abdullah, the municipality is unable to fund all the sectors efficiently because of low revenue.
 
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Peter Masiko, the Town Clerk Soroti Municipal Council is optimistic that they will clear the bill once they realise money from the property rates.
 

Abraham Oriokot, the Chief Finance Officer says the town was at one time using solar lights, but they were forced to revert to hydro power after residents vandalised the solar lights.
 

Adson Ariaitwe, the Umeme Soroti Regional Manager says they will switch on the power immediately the municipality clears the outstanding bill.
 
 

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.