The same year government awarded the contract to China Gezhouba Group but suspended the project in 2017 due to financial constraint.
President Yoweri Museveni in white shirt adressing journalists at State Lodge at 4th Division Army barracks in Gulu
The construction of the 840 Mega Watts Hydroelectric Power
Plant on Victoria Nile in Ayaygo in Nwoya district still hangs in balance.
Government signed an agreement with Mapa, a Turkish Construction firm to
construct the dam in 2013 at the tune of US $1.970 billion.
The same year government awarded the contract to China
Gezhouba Group but suspended the project in 2017 due to financial constraint. On Thursday, President Yoweri Museveni announced that
government cannot fund the project because it intends to construct a rail way
line in the country.
He said government is still waiting for an investor
to undertake the construction of the dam since it has no money. Museveni was addressing journalists at the State Lodge in the
4th Division Army barracks. The project is under the Ministry of Energy
and Mineral Development (MoED).
It involves the construction of a hydroelectric power plant
that will be developed in two phases as Ayago North and Ayago South. To
be constructed is a powerhouse and substation, installation of turbines,
generators and transformers and the laying of transmission lines.
Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has
been appointed by MoED as the implementing agency. Japan Government
through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with
the Government of Uganda in 2008 started preparations for environmental impact
assessments and International bidding for a contractor.
One constructed, Ayago becomes the biggest power station in
Uganda after the 650 MW in Karuma dam in Kiryandongo district and 180 MW
Bujagali in Jinja district.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc