"All the other East African Community partner states have lower
power tariffs compared to Uganda," Badagawa said.
He said the move will also help ease pressure that comes with
exchange rate hikes, because the more it rises, the more BEL
spends to finance its debt.
"That burden is normally passed to the final consumer," he
Daniel Birungi, executive director of Uganda Manufacturers’
Association, is optimistic that the tariff will drop further to
5 cents per kilowatt hour for manufactures, as was promised
earlier by the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni.
"At the end of the day, what we need is an affordable tariff
and uninterrupted supply of power so we can produce
competitively," Birungi said.
Bujagali’s commissioning in 2012 allowed the government to
retire more than 100 megawatts of diesel power plants and made
it possible to nearly eliminate government subsidies to the
Uganda’s current installed capacity is estimated at 930MW,
according to government figures.
It is estimated that 1,131MW will be required to meet the
national electricity demand by 2020.
More than 90 percent of Uganda’s electricity is now generated
from renewable sources.
Uganda and India sign four
agreements to boost ties
ENTEBBE Uganda (Xinhua) --
India and Uganda on Tuesday signed four bilateral
agreements to boost ties.
The signing of the agreements was witnessed by visiting
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni at State House Entebbe, 40 km south of the Ugandan
They signed memorandums of understanding in defense, waiver
of visas requirement for diplomats, cultural cooperation and
exchange, and establishment of a laboratory for infrastructure
After the signing, Museveni said India has provided Uganda a
line of credit worth 200 million U.S. dollars.
Museveni said the money can be used to build power
transmission lines, purchase agro processing machines, solar
powered irrigation machines among others.
Premier Modi said India will continue to cooperate with
Uganda in various areas in technology and infrastructure
Modi, who arrived here from Rwanda, is on a two-day state
visit where he will address the Ugandan Parliament and open the
India-Uganda Business Forum.
He will also address the Indian community in the country
before departing for South Africa where he will attend the 10th
BRICS summit in Johannesburg.
India is one of Uganda’s main trading partners according to
According to Bank of Uganda July 2018 data, India’s exports
to Uganda for 2017 were worth 599.04 million U.S. dollars, up
from 293.87 million in 2007.
Uganda’s exports to India increased from 3.21 million dollars
in 2007 to 43.69 million dollars in 2017.
India exports to Uganda pharmaceutical products, vehicles,
plastic, and organic chemicals among others while Uganda exports
to India vegetables, coffee, tea, cotton among others.
Uganda police deploys
heavily ahead of ruling on presidential age limit
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Police in Uganda has heavily deployed in
the capital Kampala and other major towns in the country ahead
of Thursday’s Court ruling on a petition seeking the annulment
of parliament’s decision to scrap the presidential age limit.
Patrick Onyango, Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson in a
statement on Wednesday said the force together with other
agencies have heightened security as a panel of five judges of
the constitutional court at set to deliver their ruling in the
eastern region town of Mbale.
"We have deployed strategically for tomorrow’s court ruling.
"Not only in Kampala but other major towns as well.
"But heavy deployment will be in Kampala and Mbale.
"We expect anything and we had to prepare for it," said
The deployment comes as activists and opposition groups
opposed to the constitutional amendment law to hold rallies on
Thursday after the judges deliver their ruling.
Opposition legislators and their lawyers in January
petitioned the constitutional court to declare null and void the
constitutional amendment bill to remove a cap that barred any
Ugandan citizen below the age of 35 or older than 75 years to
hold office of the president.
Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni on Dec. 27 signed into
law the constitutional amendment bill.
Opposition and campaigners opposed to the law argue that the
move was intended to allow Museveni, now 73, to run in the 2021
elections when he will be over 75 years of age.