The Acting Director of Energy Resources in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, James Banabe last week said they had rejected pressure from Electro-Maxx to add US 2 cents for capacity building.
The electricity sector went through a number of changes including liberalization, which allowed in private sector investments. Uganda Electricity Board was unbundled to create three successor companies. Those included Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited and Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited.
Joseph Okedi, an Assistant Commissioner in Charge of Mining in an interview neither denied nor confirmed the allegations that corruption is undermining the sector. Okedi says the Mineral and Mining Policy of 2016 is just one of the reforms in the sector.
Fredrick Ssemwogerere, the Deputy Masaka Chief administrative officer says Masaka district Natural Resource department has found schools to be leading destructive force for the ecosystem. He however adds that the district is working together with the Ministry of Energy to promote modern institutional rocket stoves.
Hangi says that the Refinery Affected Persons study was only approved in December 2012 and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development started the process for procuring the implementing consultant in March 2013. This consultant was hired in June 2013 and that is when the on-going compensation exercise started. In governmentâ€™s view, the process has not taken long.
MP Baryayanga says that besides being overly expensive, SynoHydro was blacklisted in Mauritius, Botswana and Iran where it constructed dams that did not produce a single megawatt. He said that while China Water Electric Corporation (CWEC) was to construct the dam at 1.3 billion dollars, SynoHydro will construct it at 2.1 billion dollars and the transmission line at 290 million dollars.
Over 400 people in Oyam and Kiryandongo district evicted from their land to pave way for the construction of Karuma Hydro power project have given government an ultimatum of two months to compensate them or they return to their land.