STATE MINISTER FOR ENERY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT ECWERU ADVISES MINISTRY OF FINANCE TO HAND OVER KILEMBE MINES AND POWER SCHEME TO ENERGY MINISTRY FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT

By Patrick Kabura

The State Minister for Works and Transport Hon. Francis Musa Ecweru has advised the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to handover Kilembe mines and Kilembe Hydroelectric power scheme to the  Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) for better management.

Hon. Ecweru while addressing the  inter-ministerial meeting in the  disaster-prone-border district of  Kasese said that the  transfer will enable fast redevelopment of both the Mine and hydroelectric power scheme when transferred to the Ministry of Energy which has the right competencies and personnel to handle minerals development in the country .

Hon. Peter Lokeris, the State Minister for Minerals  agreed with his cabinet colleague and  emphasized  need to have  components of Kilembe mines and hydro dam shifted to the Ministry of Energy to speed -up the reconstruction  process .

Kilembe mines and Kilembe hydro power dam were both destroyed by floods following a heavy downpour which led to flooding of major rivers in Kasese and massive destruction of infrastructure.

Hon. Lokeris  expressed  confidence that the Energy Ministry  has the capacity to  access private investors to revamp the hydro power to facilitate production of more power to be fed into the national grid.

He however notes that some are issues affecting reconstruction such as the tripartite agreements which were made between the Government, Kilembe mines and then the Catholic Church.

The Minister said that  the tripartite  agreements which were made between government of Uganda , Kilembe Mines and the Catholic church  will be revisited to enable reconstruction of the infrastructure and that a technical  team will come up with action points and commitment from MDAs and Civil Society.

The inter-ministerial team was in  Kasese  to conduct an on the spot – field inspection of  disaster effected areas in Kasese and make an assessment for government action . While  in Kasese , they  visited affected places such as Lhubiriga River valley, Nyamugasani River valley, Nyamwamba River valley and Mubuku River Valley.

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