Monday January 28 2013

Government to step up power output, says Museveni

By Francis Mugerwa

The government is to increase electricity production in the country, President Museveni has said.
The President said the hydro power stations at Kikagati, Nsogezi, Citi, Muziizi, Achwa and Nyamwamba will be constructed in the next three years.
While commissioning the Kabalega Hydro Power Dam last Friday, Mr Museveni said besides building power dams at Isimba to generate 188 megawatts and Yago to generate 600mw, the government would also explore energy sources from hot springs and oil.
Mr Museveni flew to Bunyoro in a chopper, switched on the dam at a power station below the Albertine escarpment in the afternoon before addressing a rally at Buseruka Primary School atop a jeep.
The President said the country was already making steady and fast developments, adding that “those who are asleep are the ones who do not know that Uganda is moving forward”.

Other dams
The President said in the past three years, the NRM government had constructed power dams in Ishasha, Mpanga, Bugoye, Nyagak and Kabalega Hydro Power Dam in Hoima District.
“When NRM took power, Kakumiro, Kagadi, Birembo and Nalweeyo in Kibaale did not have power. Now all these places have electricity” he said.
Mr Museveni said the government would not accept people to derail the hydro power project by encroaching on River Wambabya banks on which the Kabalega hydro power dam is constructed.
He advised Ugandans to take advantage of the peace, conducive investment climate and other development projects.
He also said the government would tarmac the Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima-Kagadi-Kyenjojo road, adding that he hoped the country would attain a middle income status sooner than 2040.