Work on Shs64b Kabale hydropower dam starts

Wednesday September 23 2015

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda (C) with Sri

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda (C) with Sri Lankan investors shortly after the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Muvumbe Hydropower at Kigarama village in Kabale District on Monday. PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA 


KABALE. The construction of the $18 million (about Shs64b) Muvumbe Hydropower Dam in Kabale District has kicked off.
The dam, which is expected to produce 6.5 megawatts of power, is being built on Muvumbe water stream at Kigarama village in Nyanja parish, Maziba Sub-county.
Presiding over the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, hailed the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Kana Kananathan, for linking Uganda with the Sri Lankan investors that are constructing the power dam.
“We are happy that Mr Kana Kananathan is acting as an adopted son of Uganda by bringing such investors. We are aware that after the completion of this power dam, it will be sold to our country for permanent ownership,” Dr Rugunda said.
The premier also said it was because of peaceful environment ushered in by the NRM party leadership that such investors are able to operate in Uganda.
The managing director of the power project, Mr Riyaz M Sangani, said the project will be completed within a period of 18 months.
The investors also promised to construct Kigarama Health Centre II and five bridges as part of their corporate social responsibility.

The numbers
Number of residents expected to be employed by the dam works, according to the managing director of the project, Mr Riyaz M Sangani.