Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), the government agency that has been overseeing different electricity generation projects on behalf of government has selected an interim team that will act as the government’s supervisor also known as Owner’s Engineer as it searches for a new owner’s engineer.
The team which will be headed by Eng. Chad Anita, who has been the Isimba project manager in UEGCL will comprise of seven members with representatives from Ministry of Energy, UEGCL and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company.
This team has taken over from Energy Infratech PVT Ltd (EIPL) who have officially been eliminated today Thursday after their 40-months contract expired and was not renewed due to government dissatisfaction with their performance.
While speaking at a ceremony that was meant to see EIPL hand over its responsibilities and tools like reports, drawings and office material that took place at Isimba Hydro Power Station, the CEO UEGCL, Eng. Harrison E Mutikanga, said that the interim team was put in place to fill the gap left by EIPL so that the project can continue running smoothly.
He, however, promised to recruit a new Owner’s Engineer before the end of this year.
“This new team which I will supervise will be doing the overseeing job so that the project can run smoothly according to government’s requirements. However, we shall strive to expedite the process of procuring a new Owner’s Engineer who will hit the ground running so that we have no downtime on crucial projects,” Mutikanga said.
The Chairperson Board of Directors, UEGCL Eng. Proscovia Margaret Njuki, speaking at the same function, said the government’s decision to embark on major electricity generating projects was towards achieving reliable, quality and affordable electricity for social economic development hence the need to make sure that these projects are done appropriately.
“Our mandate as UEGCL is to make sure that these projects are with in the recommended standard, hence we will not tolerate anyone who wants to take us back,” she said.
However, the real handover was not possible as officials from EIPL asked for a week’s time to prepare a handover report and also allow government to pay them the remaining salaries.
The hand over will take place Thursday, September 13; however the team commences its work today.
Allan Kyagungu, the UPDF officer in charge of national vital assets and strategic installations said the order not to renew the contract came from the office of the president and as the security person; he will make sure that there is smooth transition from IEPL to UEGCL.