12 January 2009

Uganda: River Mpanga to Generate Power

Kampala — RIVER Mpanga is to generate electricity to serve areas in Kitagwenda County in Kamwenge district, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

The President was recently receiving a delegation from Kitagwenda, who called on him at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.

The delegation led by the Kitagwenda MP, Nulu Byamukama, commended Museveni and the NRM government for the development programmes like the free primary and secondary education and the Prosperity-for-All programme among others.

They requested the President for an extension of electricity to their area, development of the road infrastructure and health facilities as well as tackling issues related to further enhancement of education.

Reacting to their concerns, Museveni assured the delegation that the original plan of extending the road from Lyantonde through Ibanda to Kitagwenda still stands.

On education, the President said the Government would support the construction of a model education centre that will comprise a technical institute and a secondary school, which would go a long way in equipping the youth with skills.

When contacted by phone yesterday, Godfrey Turyahikayo, the executive director of the Rural Electrification Agency said work was ongoing for the construction of the 18megawatts power station at River Mpanga.

He said a 33kv power line would be erected to connect the generated electricity onto the national grid. Turyahikayo said the generated electricity would be sold to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company.

"Work is on going. By the end of this year, the project will be commissioned," he said. The Minister of Energy, Daudi Migereko, said the district headquarters located 28kms away from the power station, would also be connected to the power line.

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