Professor Ddumba Appointed on ERA Board

Cabinet sitting at State House Entebbe on Monday approved the appointment of Board members of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA).

The four member Board will be headed by Dr Sarah Wasagali Kanaabi as Chairperson. The other three members include former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, Eng. Erias Kiyemba and Eng. Joseph Oteng Otogo.

ERA is a Government agency that regulates, licences and supervises generation, transmission and distribution, sale and export of electricity in Uganda.

Meanwhile, Cabinet also highlighted the progress of the negotiations regarding Oil and Gas projects, transfer of Tullow Oil’s participating interest to Total E&P and the discussion was held between President Museveni and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Total, on behalf of oil companies and progress made in negotiations of the Host Government Agreement.

The Ministers also approved the construction and upgrading of the National Road from Kasindi section (border) to Beni (80km) and the integration of Beni – Butembo axis (54km) to national road and Bunagana (border) to Ruchuru Goma road (89km) on grounds that the project will benefit Government and the people through the economic interconnectivity.

The Ministers noted that the roads will improve mobility and ease business, people to people interconnectivity of the two countries, security in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and enhance trade and investment.

Furthermore, the Cabinet decided to approve the shift in response interventions and recommendations made for phase IV of the COVID-19 pandemic as recommended by both the Ministry of Health and National Taskforce on COVID-19.

All arriving travellers will be required to have a negative test on arrival while travellers presenting with symptoms at the airport without test results, a sample will be collected upon arrival and the individual asked to quarantine at their own cost until the results are returned.


The responsibility of ensuring that travellers are tested prior to travel will rest will the Airlines.

All arriving travellers will no longer be subjected to institutional quarantine but rather given guidance on the recommended procedures for self quarantine where needed and infection prevention.

Testing for any recent travellers will be symptom based, in an event that they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Contacts will be advised to self quarantine for 14 days and tested if asymptomatic but those who are in the high risk category will be prioritized for testing to ensure early diagnosis and management.

However, the most vulnerable individuals will be prioritized for tracking, testing and care if infected while self isolation and self management under well defined Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be instituted for the asymptomatic non high risk individuals.


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