UEGCL, UETCL Take Over Karuma, Isimba Contract Administration Powers

Uganda government-owned Electricity Transmission and Generation corporations have Monday afternoon been handed what technocrats described as “full contract administration powers” over the Karuma and Isimba Hydro power projects.

The primary objectives of the entities appointed to administer a the construction contract typically include delivering the project safely, pilule to the specified quality standards, approved on time, page and within the employer’s budgetary constraints.

This was confirmed by Uganda Electricity Generation Company (UEGCL) Communications boss, Simon Kasyate.

He said UETCL Chief Executive Officer Eng. Dr. Harrison Mutikanga and Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) boss Eng. Willy Kiryahika received Deeds of assignment from Energy Minister Irene Muloni at the Energy Ministry’s boardroom in Kampala.

The move comes just months after President Museveni angrily blasted technocrats at the energy ministry for abdicating their duties during the inspection of construction works at the multi-billion dollar electricity dams.

“The defects are visible in the concrete of the dam and intake structures through cracks, honeycombs, cold joints and unsealed holes where protruding form-work supports were being cut from the concrete etc,” charged Museveni in a letter to Muloni early this year.

In regard to Isimba, Museveni said “defects on the two draft tubes which are being assembled in position are observed through numerous unnecessary cuts and welds, bends on outer sections of the installed draft tubes etc and defects in concrete as those observed at Karuma.”

It will be recalled that UEGCL complained that while they are government’s implementing agency for the generation component of the two dams, they were in the fringes in determining how the execution of the projects is done.


And for a longtime UEGCL saw things going wrong, including the cracks but because their mandate was not ‘cemented’ those concerns were never given consideration.

In fact, in one of his letters, Museveni said “UEGCL as the implementation agency for the project has continued to raise these issues through their Project Management Consultations (PMCs) and lately the panel of experts (PoEs) but the ministry has continued with her INACTION and yet work on the projects is continuing.

ChimpReports understands that this Deed of assignment is for that purpose – give UEGCL the ability to execute its mandate.

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