Tayebwa issued a seven-day ultimatum during plenary on Thursday requiring the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to report back their findings to the House in a bid to compel the Government to devise a lasting solution to address the persistent irregular electricity supply.
Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Committee on Environment
and Natural Resources to carry out an on-spot assessment of the prolonged
power crisis in the West Nile region.
It follows a
motion tabled by Lawrence Biyika, the Ora County MP urging the government to
immediately address the electricity supply challenges in West Nile which comprise 11 districts; Arua, Adjumani, Koboko, Maracha, Madi-Okollo,
Obongi, Moyo, Pakwach, Nebbi, Yumbe, and Zombo.
issued a seven-day ultimatum during plenary on Thursday requiring the Committee
to report back their findings to the House in a bid to compel the Government to
devise a lasting solution to address the persistent irregular electricity
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Biyika urged the government to urgently provide funds to the Uganda National Oil
Company – UNOC to supply fuel to Electromaxx for them to generate the licensed
8.2 megawatts of electricity to be supplied to West Nile Rural Electrification
Company (WENRECO) for stable electricity supply.
Afoyochan, the District Woman MP for Zombo said that as MPs, they ably execute
their roles but are frustrated by the lack of services citing an example of how
their efforts in setting up a tea factory in Zombo were being thwarted by a lack
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The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth Nankabirwa, admitted that
the issue of electricity in West Nile had been a grave concern since the 8th
Parliament. She said that the government will amend the contract with
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revealed that a final solution will be found in March 2023 when the government imports
turbines worth 22 billion Shillings.
tasked the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to fast-track the
evacuation of electricity (132 KV line National Grid) to West Nile and also
speed the work at the substations in Arua and Nebbi districts to enable connection
to the national grid.
also called for a forensic audit of the operations of Electromaxx to ascertain
whether Uganda had obtained value for money for the period it has operated in
In 2003, the
Government granted a concession agreement for 20 years to WENRECO to
generate, distribute and sell electricity to address the power shortage in West
Nile which has never been connected to the national grid.
another company, was introduced to supplement power generation in the region
following the constant failure to supply electricity by WENRECO.
also urged the government to release all the required funds to speed up the
completion of the 6.6 megawatts at Nyagak III and replace the second turbine at
Nyagak to generate a 3.5 megawatts installed capacity instead of the current
1.7 currently being produced.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.