Jinja Warns Gov't Against Dismembering ESKOM

drugs geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Following a concession agreement with government, case the company has since 2002 been in charge of two hydro power plants Nalubaale and Kiira at Owen Falls Dam, near Jinja Town.

Last Thursday, Parliament adopted a committee report on the energy sector performance in the country to send the company packing together power distributors UMEME, citing underperformance a number of irregularities in their concession agreements.

Government publicist Ofwono Opondo has since stated that UMEME’s contract will not be terminated.

The committee report held that in spite of Eskom’s claimed investments, power generation had instead reduced from 280MW in 2002 to 140MW.

In an interview with Chimpreports, Jinja Municipality Mayor Mr Mohammed Kezaala, said locals would not welcome the move, saying that Eskom activities had exhibited commitment to the country’s development, and that the underperformance was largely because they were operating an old (Nalubaale dam) which at 60 years has outlived its usefulness.

Mr Kezaala said that Eskom had also exhibited extraordinary good neighbourliness by supporting locals there in a number of projects entailed in the company’s extensive Corporate Social Responsibility.

The company has been involved in a number of programs including Healthcare drives, blood donation, awareness campaigns for HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer, reforestation, among others.

The mayor said that government largely had itself to blame for the mistakes just discovered in concession agreements.

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