Friday August 1 2014

Japan pledges Shs31 billion to extend electricity to rural areas


Japan has pledged $12 million (Shs31 billion) towards rural electrification in eastern Uganda, the country’s ambassador to Uganda, Ms Junzo Fujita, has said.

Ms Fujita made the revelation during the launch of Phase III of the rural electrification programme in the eastern region on Tuesday.
The State Minister for Energy, Mr Simon D’ujanga,who presided over the function, said the programme had been delayed due to lack of funds.
Meanwhile, drama ensued at Namayingo District headquarters ealier as councillors locked up the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Mpimbaza Hashaka, in his office to bar him from attending the launch of the project.

Councillors led by the district youth councillor, Mr Jocob Jonga, locked up Mr Hashaka shortly before the function began.

Mr Jonga told Daily Monitor that their action was to reaffirm that the district council did not recognise Mr Hashaka as the RDC.
President Museveni posted Mr Hashaka to Namayingo in a reshuffle early this year.

In May, the district council, invoking Section 73 of the Local Governments Act, which provides that it may recommend to the appointing authority the removal of the RDC, voted in favour of a motion that the President recalls Mr Hashaka.
The councillors accused him of failing to curb the wave of insecurity in the district.

Mr Hashaka, who was later freed by civil servants, accused those who locked him up of harassing him because he has been actively involved in the fight against illegal fishing.

“They want me to stop the fight against illegal fishing in which some are involved but I will not back down,” the RDC said.