Museveni makes pledge on Yumbe waterfalls

Saturday February 9 2013

By FELIX WAROM OKELLO & ROBERT ELEMA

Yumbe

President Museveni has said the government is committed to developing the Agbinika Falls into a mini hydropower dam to
provide power to West Nile.

“We are going to take up that side to build a mini-hydro power dam to supply power in the region together with Nyagak
[hydropower dam]...” he said on Wednesday. But Mr Museveni did not indicate when the project would be included in the
national budget or when construction would start.

The region has lagged behind in development as several potential investors get scared to operate on thermal power for big
businesses.

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West Nile is strategically located near DR Congo and South Sudan who heavily depend on goods such as beer, mattresses,
mineral water and soda - goods that cannot be manufactured in the region that has been appealing for connection to the
national power grid.

Ms Zaina Tabu from Yumbe Town said once constructed, the dam would offer opportunities for small scale industries.
“It can attract investors who could set up factories for mango, banana and shea nut processing. We have missed a lot on
these as it is imported expensively,” she said. A technical team from Ministry of Energy said Agbinika Falls, located in
Kochi Sub-county, would produce 20MW of power.

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