But the dumping of foreign sugar by Ugandan smugglers has hurt the Ugandan sugar farmers most, with the sub-region of Busoga most affected. The latest permit for exporting 20,000 tons is part of the annual duty free 90,000 tons agreed upon by both governments, on condition of submission of proof that it is not dumped from external markets.
The Permanent Secretary, Waiswa Bageya says Uganda and DRC will each contribute 20% of the cost and the remaining 60% will be contributed by the contractor.
The contractor will then recoup his investment from user fees known as Road Toll.
Peter Kaujju, Head of communications at Umeme says they have also reduced the number of days it takes to have a customer connected, from the target of up to 15 days to four working days.
“We have received about 5,300 applications to date of which 2,337 have so far been connected to the grid. We have been able to connect people within a space of four working days even when the regulatory days range between 10 and 15,” he says.
At least 29 houses with land titles, were handed over to the Project Affected Persons-PAPs at Uduk II Village Ngwedu sub-county, Buliisa district on Monday, as part of the Tilenga Resettlement Action Plan Implementation. One house is yet to be fully completed.