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Uganda: Vice President Seeks Explanation on Isimba Dam Closure

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  Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to provide a comprehensive statement on the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant While presiding over the House on Wednesday August 17 2022 Tayebwa said that the emergency closure of the 183 megawatt Isimba hydroelectric plant in Kayunga district has caused panic and plunged parts of the country into darkness The flooding at Isimba power station has caused panic and I have seen that Umeme has posted a load shedding schedule But they told us that we have an installed capacity of 1 378 1 megawatts and consume much less So now Isimba is only a 183 megawatt dam and we don t even consume 1000 megawatts as a country but I ve already seen that we are rushing to Kenya to import 60 megawatts said Tayebwa AUDIO Vice President In a communication dated August 16 2022 the Minister of Energy and Mining Development Hon Ruth Nankabirwa who attributed Isimba s closure to operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power plant said the power operator Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL is considering importing around 60 megawatts of power from Kenya For Tayebwa this is a hasty decision that requires the minister to submit a comprehensive statement on the country s energy dam operations and absorption levels The issue is not the flood but the panic It has scared a lot of people Today I have received about nine members MPs on the same matter So due to the seriousness of this issue the minister is required to appear tomorrow to make a substantive statement which we will discuss Tayebwa said He urged parliamentarians in their oversight programs to pay more attention to the quality of works at the Isimba and Karuma power plants especially infrastructure designs Head of the Whip Opposition Hon John Baptist Nambeshe called for an investigation into the Isimba power plant which was commissioned in 2019 citing shoddy work The power dam was commissioned two years ago and has already been closed even though it is still under liability for defects It casts serious doubt on the structural integrity of this facility An investigation should be launched to find out what happened because this says a lot about the work that could have been shoddy or compromised Nambeshe said AUDIO Nambeshe Nambeshe also opposes the government s proposal to import electricity from Kenya saying the country s electricity generation is adequate
Uganda: Vice President Seeks Explanation on Isimba Dam Closure

1 Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to provide a comprehensive statement on the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant.

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2 While presiding over the House on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Tayebwa said that the emergency closure of the 183-megawatt Isimba hydroelectric plant in Kayunga district has caused panic and plunged parts of the country into darkness.

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3 “The flooding at Isimba power station has caused panic and I have seen that Umeme has posted a load shedding schedule.

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4 But they told us that we have an installed capacity of 1,378.1 megawatts and consume much less.

5 So now Isimba is only a 183 megawatt dam and we don’t even consume 1000 megawatts as a country, but I’ve already seen that we are rushing to Kenya to import 60 megawatts,” said Tayebwa.

6 AUDIO Vice President In a communication dated August 16, 2022, the Minister of Energy and Mining Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, who attributed Isimba’s closure to operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power plant, said the power operator, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), is considering importing around 60 megawatts of power from Kenya.

7 For Tayebwa, this is a hasty decision that requires the minister to submit a comprehensive statement on the country’s energy dam operations and absorption levels.

8 “The issue is not the flood, but the panic; It has scared a lot of people.

9 Today I have received about nine members [MPs] on the same matter.

10 So due to the seriousness of this issue, the minister is required to appear tomorrow to make a substantive statement which we will discuss,” Tayebwa said.

11 He urged parliamentarians in their oversight programs to pay more attention to the quality of works at the Isimba and Karuma power plants, especially infrastructure designs.

12 Head of the Whip Opposition, Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe called for an investigation into the Isimba power plant which was commissioned in 2019 citing shoddy work.

13 “The power dam was commissioned two years ago and has already been closed, even though it is still under liability for defects.

14 It casts serious doubt on the structural integrity of this facility.

15 An investigation should be launched to find out what happened because this says a lot about the work that could have been shoddy or compromised,” Nambeshe said.

16 AUDIO Nambeshe Nambeshe also opposes the government’s proposal to import electricity from Kenya, saying the country’s electricity generation is adequate.

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