Jinja Market Goes Six Months Without Electricity

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Vendors at Jinja central market are irked by a six month’s power blackout, and are accusing their market leadership of not bringing the situation back to normal.

Vendors at Jinja central market are irked by a six month’s power blackout, and are accusing their market leadership of not working to rectify the problem.  

The market was plunged into darkness six months ago and many business people are not happy. The most affected are those dealing in beverages, ground nuts and  simsim paste

They claim to incur losses because of the absence of electricity and have warned that they will stop paying market dues of Shs 1500/- per month, if electricity is not reconnected in Jinja central market.

John Mulaza, says has lost thousands of shillings from customers who visit stalls that grind ground nuts and simsim but find him with nothing to sell. He also says some vendors have moved out of Jinja central market.

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Mohammed Bogere, says survival in Jinja central market has been made difficult without electricity.

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Jinja central market has 3920 vendors who moved from the old market to operate in a semi-permanent market along Eng. Dhikusooka road in October 2010. This was done by government to pave way for the construction of a modern market.

Alex Wabwire, General Secretary Jinja central market vendors Association, blames the power black out on accumulated electricity bills that came about due to illegal use and connections onto the power grid.


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Wabwire says efforts to mobilize vendors to collect money to clear the bill have been in vain as some vendors paid but others refused.

But Monica Aliyinza, a dealer in grinded Simsim and ground nuts, says if the market leadership has failed to re-install electricity, then they should refund the money they collected from vendors. She says she moved out of the market and currently rents a more expensive place, which is not known to most of her clients along Kutch road.

Jason Muwaza, manager UMEME Jinja area, says Jinja central market owes UMEME Shs 15 million shilings in power bills and until the bill is cleared electricity will not be re-connected.