URA closes energy supplier in Bundibugyo

Businesses in Bundibugyo district have been paralysed after Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on Friday evening closed the offices of Bundibugyo Energy and Cooperative Society (BECS) over alleged failure to remit an unidentified amount that is said to be millions shillings in URA taxes.

BECS is mandated by the Electricity Regulatory Authority to supply electricity to the people of Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and some parts of Fort Portal.
The officer in charge of public and cooperate affairs URA, Mr Ian Rumanyika confirmed the development to Daily Monitor saying that BECS has been closed until further notice.

He said URA signed an MoU with BECS that they shall pay the accumulating taxes in installments but they have failed to comply.
Several people were seen stranded at BECS offices on Saturday after finding the office closed with huge padlocks.

Ms Zeinabu Mbambu, a shop owner in Bundibugyo town said without electricity her business earnings become low.
The officers from BECS declined to comment about the situation.


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