Kampala, Uganda — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 13 October 2011 – President Museveni has assured manufacturers in Uganda that they will soon start enjoying uninterrupted power supply, when the Bujagali hydropower project starts its first 50MW generation this month.
“The development in the energy infrastructure has been slow because of political confusion among some people, but I can assure you that that challenge will soon be overcome,” the Ugandan leader told industrialists here.
Availability of cheap and adequate electricity supply is one of the enablers of industrial growth. In addition to power shortages, industrialists are also facing challenges including the weak Shilling which has increased the price of raw materials, and high inflation which has eroded consumers’ purchasing power.
Uganda Manufacturers Association chairman Kaddu Kiberu said the current acute power shortage had reduced industrial productivity and pushed up the cost of business.