The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has Monday launched the construction of the 6.5 MW Muvumbe mini-hydro power project in Maziba sub-country in Kabale district.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, web Rugunda assured the people of Kabale that the NRM Government was making good of the promises made to transform the lives of the people of Uganda, adding that more projects were soon to be unveiled.
“Good things are coming. All these developments in Kabale and other parts of the country are happening because of the peace ushered in by the NRM Government and President Museveni,” Rugunda said.
The Premier said the power project will create employment for the people, markets for their produce and will in addition promote small scale industries which will enhance household incomes.
Rugunda who thanked the residents for supporting NRM urged them to vote for only NRM leaders and ensure that President Museveni is elected as President of Uganda during the 2016 general elections.
He also thanked the Sri Lankan envoy to Uganda, velupillai Kananathan for making sure the relationship between Sri Lanka and Uganda was not only strong but economically beneficial for both countries.
Ambassador Kananathan said he was pleased to bring Sri Lankan investors to Kabale, adding that the Kabale project was among the over US $ 100 million energy investment projects by Sri Lanka in Mpanga,Ishasha,Kasese,Fort Portal and Bundibugyo.
“These investments are the fruits of the great bilateral relationship between Uganda and Sri Lanka,” Kananathan said adding that the projects materialized following President Museveni’s visit to Sri Lanka where he invited investors in power generation to Uganda,” he said.
He added that SriLanka was happy to contribute to government plan of increasing electricity access from the current 15% to 40% by 2040.
The Managing Director Muvumbe hydro (U) Limited Riyaz Sangani said the project is expected to be completed by March 2017.
“One of the first things we plan to do is to improve the bridges and also a community health Centre,” said Riyaz.
Also present were the Minister of State for East African Affairs, Shem Bageine, Members of Parliament and District Leaders.