Kampala traders strike over electricity charges

Kampala traders strike over electricity charges
Eazzy Banking

Almost, all of Kampala’s streets and roads are packed with these opportunistic hustlers. But it gets worse on the plot near the Mini Price junction where Ben Kiwanuka dissects Luwum Street. Here, vendors dealing mostly in second-hand clothes and shoes, occupy more than half of the road, leaving very little space for entrance to shops, pedestrians and vehicles mostly taxis and boda-bodas but still co-exist in peace.

Thursday morning is a different scene altogether, the traders at Mini-price in down-town Kampala have closed their shops over electricity charges.

The traders also complain that owners of commercial buildings determine the tenants’ electricity bill which at times does not correspond with the overall UMEME bill. “Irregular cut offs are becoming a habit. We want consistence and the landlords should stop cheating us. We also want them to be quick when there are disconnections as we are losing a lot of money,” James Duhimbaze, a lockup shop owner dealing in shoes told TheUgandan by phone.

By presstime, antiriot Police was deploying at Mini-price junction to avert any impending violence from traders.


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