Kayihura Clears Mbabazi for Consultations, Warns Him on Violence

Mbabazi was blocked from commencing his consultations last time

President Yoweri Museveni commissioned a 1.6 megawatt solar-thermal power plant and a transmission and distribution grid, about it serving principal settlements on Kalangala island, at Bukuzindu,Mugoye sub county in Kalangala District.

This project which was commissioned over the weekend was built through a Public-Private partnership with Kalangala infrastructure services Ltd, focusing on providing standard electricity to the island.

Contracted by Premier solar systems (P) Limited, the project is East Africa’s largest solar diesel hybrid power plant.

power plant

The Solar power plant, whose construction was supposed to start in 2012, was delayed due to protests by residents and district leaders.

Kalangala leaders accused Kalangala Infrastructural Services of failing to consult them about the site, while residents accused the firm of encroaching on their sand reserve.

The plant is located in Bukuzindu on a sand reserve. This sand is used in glassmaking and construction.

The residents backed by civil society organizations argued that the fencing off of this site meant that sand mining had been banned.

The project however commenced in November 2013.

The solar-thermal power plant will lower the cost of doing business and attract private investment to the island.

It will improve standard of living, improve trade with mainland and encourage tourism which was initially limited due to the unavailability of power.

The President after commissioning the power plant visited Busia District.

He sensitized a gathering on operation wealth creation at Masafu sub-county headquarters.

Museveni urged the people of Busia to fight poverty in their homesteads since they now have peace.

“No body can disturb the peace of Uganda. This is because the army is strong, and its strength is because of the good ideology of NRM,” the president noted.
Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, remedy Gen Kale Kayihura has cleared former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi to hold countrywide consultation meetings ahead of his intended candidacy for the country’s top job.

In a letter addressed to Mbabazi, the IGP stated that his decision to clear the former was informed by the fact that he (Mbabazi) had been introduced to the electoral commission and had picked nomination forms for presidency.

The IGP referred to Mbabazi’s letter dated September 1, in which the former PM notified the Police Force of his intention to carry out nationwide consultations starting in the eastern district of Mbale on September 7.

Kayihura however cautioned Mbabazi to comply with the provisions of the Public Order Management Act.

“For instance, you should furnish the respective District Police Commanders with evidence to use premises by owners and managers,” the IGP highlighted in his letter.

Kayihura also noted that the meetings must be peaceful and that if they tend to be violent, they will be called off and only be reconvened when order has been restored.

The letter

The letter



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