Uganda Gets €10 Million to Boost Electricity Distribution

Parliament is set to face the general public on the new electoral bills introduced by government that are expected to be concluded by Friday this week.

On Tuesday the Attorney General, buy information pills medicine Fred Ruhindi laid on the floor of Parliament three amendment bills; the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, page 2015; the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

Members of Parliament were called back from the recess to the three matters that are considered urgent.

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who chaired the house immediately deferred all the three amendment bills to the house committee of Legal and Parliamentary affairs.

She ordered the committee chairman, Stephen Tashobya to make sure that he organizes his members to handle the bills and make three different reports in just two days.

In the two days the members must get the views from public, invite members from political parties, religious leaders, Civil Society Organization leaders, traditional leaders, the Uganda Law Society members and other relevant professional bodies.

Usually, the committee is given 45 days to handle such developments and it remains to be seen if the two days will exhaust the three critical amendments.

The committee which itself has not yet sat and read the report is going to start its work by interfacing the public this morning at Conference Hall, Parliament according to an announcement hastily sent out in the evening on Tuesday.

“The Chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Hon. Stephen Tashobya, informs the general public that there will be an open public hearing tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd 2015 in the Parliament Conference Hall at 11:00 a.m. to receive memoranda on the following Bills; the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015,” part of the announcement reads.

Members of the public who want to make submissions were advised to submit them today or never.

“The Committee invites members of public who would like to make a submission on the Bills to come for the public hearing or bring their submission to the Office of the Clerk to Parliament before end of business (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday 23rd 2015.”

The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to revise the nomination fees payable; to revise the facilitation provided for a presidential candidate; to remove the requirement for a candidate to campaign in every district; to provide for polling to close at 4.00pm on polling day and to require the Electoral Commission to provide for persons engaged in electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas vote.

Meanwhile the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to also revise the nomination fees; provide for closure of polls at 4.00pm and to provide for persons engaged in the electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas to vote.




The government of Uganda has signed a 10 million Euro grant agreement with the German Development Bank KFW as part of the German Financial Cooperation with Uganda.

The grant will finance a program to electrify communities located along existing power lines in rural and peri-urban areas in the country.

Speaking after the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance in Kampala, approved the State Minister Finance Minister David Bahati revealed that the program promotes investments in medium and low-voltage electricity lines, transformers and household connections.

“The program will benefit private households, small-scale companies and public institutions such as schools and hospitals and will increase access to electricity in rural and peri-urban areas,” Bahati noted.

Bahati observed that the program comes at a time where the prerequisites for increased electrification in Uganda have improved considerably.

“Therefore, the Ugandan government is making huge efforts to improve access to electricity in rural areas and to connect further groups of the population to the electricity grid. Over the next few years more public funds will be spent on grid densification and on connecting households to the grid.”

Bahati appreciated the German Government through KFW, the German Development Bank for supporting this effort.

“Besides programs for access to electricity, KFW also implements projects for the generation of electricity such as the GET FiT Uganda Program which supports small renewable energy projects,” Bahati added.

In this context, the government of Uganda signed a £14.7 million grant agreement with KfW to finance the Grid Interconnection Support component for GET FiT Program.

The funding includes capacity building at Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) to improve the regulatory framework for grid interconnection of small renewable energy projects in Uganda.



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