By Martha Nakimuli
The government is to effect rural electrification project in which it will connect at least 5,000 homes.
This project will be implemented in seven rural towns in districts of Buikwe, Apac, Oyam, Lira, Mukono, Masindi and Dokolo according to the the state minister for energy Simon Du’janga.
This project will be implemented through the extension of the existing power grid in order to expand access to electricity and connectivity those towns.
While appearing before the parliament’s committee on National economy to seek approval of the loan, Minister Du’janga said that this project’s implementation will only be effected if parliament approves a loan request by government amounting to Sh24b (US$10m) from the OPEC fund for international development.
He said the project is to start as soon as the government receives the loan.
This move is taken to contribute to the economic and social development in Uganda because it will promote agro-industry which will in turn lead increased employment and household incomes.
Rural electrification will consist of supply of materials and installation of 102 Kilometer (KM) of 33 kilo volts (KV) Medium voltage (MV) lines in Mukono and Buikwe and supply of materials and installation 182.9 Km in the districts of Apac, Oyama, Lira Dokolo and Masindi.