Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Engineer Irene Muloni could win the Lifetime Achievement award at the Africa Utility award 2018.
Engineer Muloni was named among the finalists for the Achievement award which is to be announced at the upcoming Africa utility week conference taking place mid-this month in South Africa. Muloni has been credited for steering Uganda's energy and Minerals sector.
She however, faces stiff competition from local and international nominees. Among those in competition include, Engineer Alex Gisagara, the director of engineering, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda (NWSC).
Others are Siengui Apollinaire KI, Secretary General, Western African Power Pool, Burkina Faso and Roland Schulze, Professor Emeritus of Hydrology Centre for Water Resources Research School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Engineer Alex Gisagara, has previously been credited for steering the expansion of water coverage at NWSC.
The Lifetime Achievement award of the Africa Utility week was previously won by former UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Kandeh Yumkella.
Meanwhile, the managing director of NWSC, Silver Mugisha has also been short-listed for Outstanding Contribution Award in the water sector.
NWSC has also been shortlisted for the Water Utility of the Year.
The Corporation is credited as a key player in the water sector, both on the local and international scene, for having undertaken transformational changes in its operational and geographical mandate, providing new and home grown solutions to water service provision challenges and highlighting its contribution towards the National Vision of transforming Uganda from a peasant to a self-sustaining economy.
Uganda is also competing favourably in the Energy/Water journalism category Award with Fredrick Mugira, the Coordinator and Editor Water Journalists Africa Network shortlisted among the finalists
The 18th annual, multi-award winning African Utility Week will gather over 7,000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to discuss the challenges, solutions and successes in the power, energy and water sectors on the continent.