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Uganda constructing 600MW dam on Nile
August 13, 2013 ERTA
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August 13, 2013 (KAMPALA) - Uganda’s President Yoweri
Museveni on Monday launched the construction of a new dam
along the river Nile that is expected to add 600MW on the
national grid.

The Karuma Hydro power dam will cost $1.4b and will be
constructed by Chinese company, Sinohydro Corporation

Speaking at the commissioning of construction in Kiryandongo
district, President Museveni praised the Chinese for having the
technical expertise and money to fund infrastructural projects.

"Happily, our Chinese friends also have, not only the technical
capacity, but financial capacity as well on favourable terms’’, said
Museveni.
Museveni said Chinese lending is also "completely free of the usual meddling and high-handedness of some of the friends from
outside".

It is suspected by the reference to "meddling friends from outside", Museveni meant western countries who peg values as
democracy and good governance to projects that they fund, unlike the Chinese.

Museveni also praised the Chinese for focusing on "primary sectors of the economy such as infrastructure instead of focusing on
secondary sectors of national life".

Uganda faces regular power outages as a result of increased demand for electricity which has shot up from 10% to 15%
annually, according to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company.

(Source: Sudan Tribune)