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Karamoja Ministry To Undertake New Design For Lopei Dam :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Karamoja Ministry To Undertake New Design For Lopei Dam

Ambrose Lotukei, the Kotido district LC V chairperson, says the construction of Lopei Dam should be prioritized to reduce the burden of watering cattle thats currently heaved at Kobebe dam in Moroto.

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TheMinister for Karamoja Affairs, John Byabagambi has announced plans to undertake another detailed design for the construction of Lopei Dam. In 2013, engineers from MEKOROT Israeli Company undertook a feasibility study for Lopei Dam.

 

The dam, lying just a few kilometres from Lopei sub county headquarters in Napak district, is a major route connecting South Karamoja to Northern Karamoja. With an approximate length of 2.5 kilometers, the construction of Lopei Dam would go a long way in addressing the water problem for animals and also give Karamoja a source for irrigation. 

Byabagambi told URN in a recent interview that's his ministry has allocated Shillings 1.3 billion for the new design of Lopei Dam. He notes that the entire design will cost about Shillings 3 billion.

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The minister revealed that a number of donors have already expressed interest in financing the construction of Lopei Dam but they are still waiting for the detailed design.

 

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According to Juma Nakendo, an official from ministry of Water and Environment, the design by MEKOROT Israeli Company estimated the total costs and construction for Lopei Dam at US$ 40 million dollars (approximately 140 billion Ugandan shillings).

Nakendo notes that the dam would be a big boost to Karamoja if completed especially because of the water crisis caused by harsh climate and a solution to industrialization. He says that Lopei Dam has capacity to do irrigation, acqua- culture and eco-tourism among others. 

Ambrose Lotukei, the Kotido district LC V chairperson, says the construction of Lopei Dam should be prioritized to reduce the burden of watering cattle that's currently heaved at Kobebe dam in Moroto.

 

Lotuke observed that conflicts among pastoralists would also be reduced as most of them struggle for few water resources. During rains, Lopei is one the places submerged by water, subsequently affecting transport between Moroto and Kotido.  

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