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Obama, Regional Leaders Discuss South Sudan Situation

President Museveni has said both Karuma and Isimba power dams will be constructed concurrently because government has now got the funding for the work to be done expeditiously.

He said this will increase immediate access to power supply and reduce on tariffs for power users.

The President was Monday witnessing the first phase of the concrete pouring exercise of the 183.2 MW Isimba Hydro power dam construction on river Nile at Nampanyi village in Busana Sub-county, approved more about http://danceexchange.org/wp-includes/option.php Kayunga district.

The Isimba Power project is undertaken by China International Water and Electric Corporation.

The project will cost USD 567, http://chasingjamesbeard.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-media-v1-1-endpoint.php 738, http://corifentreprises.fr/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-control.php 990.96 Financed by the government of Uganda and a concessional loan from the Export-import Bank of China.

The 188MW Isimba hydropower project is one of the most important hydropower projects that the Ugandan Government has initiated on the River Nile, to ease the severe power shortages in Uganda, and accelerate the development of local economy.

Considered to be the fourth biggest hydropower project in Uganda, it is expected to generate hydroelectric power at 68 cents per kWh, the lowest in East Africa.

It is expected to generate 1,039GWh of electricity a year and increase the country’s total electric capacity by 23 percent.

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The President said with the two dams contributing to the national grid, Ugandans will have access to cheap power that will enable them run their small scale industries and boost their incomes.

He assured the people of Kayunga that the compensation exercise will be completed soon and that a committee has been set up to handle complaints that will arise from the effects of blasts.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zhao Yali congratulated the government of Uganda and that of China for the good work done towards the construction of the dams.

He noted that the electricity generation from Karuma and Isimba will in future double electricity generation capacity for sustainable economic development and for the transformation of people’s lives.

He advised the government of Uganda to plan for the sustainability and for the maintenance of the dams that can be used for future generations.

He thanked the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development for the strong support towards the project implementations and assured the government of Uganda that the project will be completed in the stipulated time and in better quality.

The ceremony was also attended by Ministers, Member of Parliament, officials from China and the people of Kayunga.
President Museveni is among the African leaders who attended a multilateral meeting with the United States of America President Barack Obama in Addis Ababa, ambulance http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-includes/atomlib.php Ethiopia.

The meeting took place at the Sheraton Addis Ababa Hotel on Monday evening.

President Obama paid glowing tribute to the African leaders present for their efforts to address the situation in South Sudan.

He thanked them for their outstanding efforts in resolving the conflict.

Obama’s meeting in Ethiopia comes as an Aug. 17 deadline to reach a deal approaches, http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-widget-functions.php according to reports.

South Sudan was thrown into conflict in December 2013 by a clash between forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir.

The US President said IGAD and AU have shown extraordinary leadership in trying to address the devastating situation in South Sudan.

“So I want to thank IGAD for the outstanding work they’re doing, the African Union for their leadership as well.  And as a consequence of this discussion, our hope is that we can actually bring about the kind of peace that the people of South Sudan so desperately need,” he said.

President Kenyatta affirmed Kenya’s commitment to a speedy resolution of the South Sudan conflict even as he expressed concern that it had dragged for longer than expected.

He said IGAD member states have been at the forefront in efforts to end the South Sudan conflict and have engaged the warring parties in talks both in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

The Addis Ababa meeting exuded optimism that the South Sudan warring parties will strike a peace deal that will end the suffering of the citizens of Africa’s youngest nation by August 17.

The youngest nation in the world which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, was wrecked by fighting that left thousands killed and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes since December 2013. Uganda immediately deployed its troops to avert a possible genocide and humanitarian crisis in the region.

The closed door meeting was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and the host Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia.

Others present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Prof. Ibrahim Ahmed Ghandour and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mrs. Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma.

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