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Nationwide Power Blackout Delays Museveni Address

The blackout started just moments before the address which was earlier on planned to start at midday. According to the Umeme Spokesperson, Stephen Illungole, there was a problem at the Owen Falls Dam, where the water hyacinth reportedly blocked the turbines.Illungole says that this could partly be related to the overflow from the lake.
Part of the weed that blocked the turbines at Nalubaale

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There is a nationwide power blackout ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s address, in which he is expected to offer guidance on the  next steps for Uganda, in the battle against Coronavirus Disease-COVID-19.

The blackout started just moments before the address which was earlier on planned to start at midday.

According to the Umeme Spokesperson, Stephen Illungole, there was a problem at the Owen Falls Dam, where the water hyacinth reportedly blocked the turbines.Illungole says that this could partly be related to the overflow from the lake.

URN has since learnt that Owen falls dam, and Bujagali Dam have been affected, and Power will be partially restored through Isimba Dam.

The Uganda Electricity Generation Company -UEGCL says that there is a floating Island that is affecting operations at Nalubaale (Owen Falls and Bujagali Power Dams which has resulted in the national blackout. But Simon Kasyate,  the head of Communications at Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) says that they are working to restore power within the next 50 minutes.

He says the dams work in synergy, and that’s how the other dams have been affected.

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URN has confirmed that there is no power in Jinja, Hoima, Gulu, Mbarara, Kasese, Kampala areas and West Nile.

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