THE World Bank has pledged a sh3b grant to fund the rural electrification programme in Kasese district. The programme will be implemented by a Kasese-based firm, Kilembe Investments.

The World Bank will provide 70% of the sh4b needed to extend hydro electricity to rural areas.  According to Gideon Mujungu,  Kilembe Finance and Administration Manager, communities will raise 30% of the total cost of the project.  He added that the district local government, under the Belgian Technical Co-operation (BTC), had pledged to pay most of the community contribution towards the project.

BTC is undertaking a sh10b poverty reduction programme with Kasese district local government for three years. Last week, Mujungu said, community leaders signed commitment agreements with Uganda Rural Electrification Programme in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, pledging to raise the 30% contribution.