“If we do not take extra care of how land compensations are handled, and we let them spiral out of control, then we would as well kiss goodbye to large infrastructural projects” said Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the Chairperson of The Lands Commission Of Inquiry, Justice Bamugemereire made these remarks at the 600 MW Karuma Hydro Power Project during a visit to the Karuma project that spans the districts of Kiryandongo, Oyam and Nwoya. Leading her team of Commissioners, Justice Bamugemereire was met by the Project steering committee chairperson Dr. Eng. Badru Kiggundu and members of the committee that includes officials from the ministries of Energy, Finance and the Attorney General’s chambers as well as the officials from Uganda electricity Generation company Limited UEGCL and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited UETCL –both of which are supervising agencies for the generation and transmission component of the project respectively. Representatives of the Contractor Sinohydro Corporation and the Supervising/ Owners’ Engineer AF consult were present.
"Overall progress of Karuma HPP is currently at 94.9% but we are faced with a challenge of vandalism and theft of some of our equipment which has led to several delays" - Mr. Deng Changi - Project Manager, Sinohydro informed the Commission. Mr. Deng provided evidence with photos of the vandalism on some of the infrastructure that has been vandalised mostly on the Karuma – Kawanda Transmission line.
The Isimba Hydro Power Project may have been commissioned over two months ago, but the Contractor China Water and Electric (CWE) is untiring on delivering their promise.
On 28 May 2019, hundreds of locals joined by local and central government dignitaries gathered at Mbulamuti Primary school grounds to witness CWE hand over a fully renovated & furnished structure to the school management team. The renovation and refurbishment works commenced about a year ago, financed by CWE, using mainly local materials and labour.