Museveni Orders Suspension Of Energy Ministry Officials

President Museveni has directed minister of energy and mineral development Irene Nafuna Muloni to suspend three ministry officials over failure to supervise on-going construction of Karuma and Isimba power plants.

In a letter dated 5th April, 2016, Museveni directed Muloni immediate effect suspension and investigation of Eng. Paul Mubiru – Director of Energy Resources; Eng. Henry Birdsall – Igaga project coordinator Karuma, and Ms. Cecilia Menva, project coordinator Isimba dam over neglect of duty following failure to supervise works at the dam projects.

The Contractors have been issued stern warnings. There have been reports on shoddy works at the Karuma and Isimba dam projects.

This comes at the heels of President Museveni’s threat to suspend the on-going construction of the two hydropower dams.

In a letter dated March 22, 2016, written to the Energy Minister Irene Muloni, President Museveni asked that the engineers constructing the two dams should be dismissed.

Museveni informed energy minister that ; “My information, for instance, points out that there is something known as draft tube where the turbines are supposed to sit. These draft tubes should be assembled outside the hollow structures that are supposed to be their ultimate home and put in the hollows when they are able to align with the other parts. Instead, I am told they wielded in the hollow. I am told that is very risky.”

“I, therefore, direct you to, at once; confirm if these stories are true so that you stop further and more irreversible mistakes. If, for instance concrete is poured over such defective structures, it will be an irreversible situation of having a defective dam and power house,” Museveni noted.