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No more load shedding
By PASCAL KWESIGA
The Vice-President, Edward Ssekandi, has assured the country that there will be no more load shedding with effect from next month.
Ssekandi said although the power supply has already increased following the commissioning of another turbine at the Bujjagali power plant, it would increase further in July when the remaining two turbines are commissioned.
Speaking during his tour of a Roofings factory that is under construction in Namanve, Ssekandi said industries will not experience load shedding again after July when Bujjagali power plant will be operating at full capacity of 250 megawatts.
The Vice-President said he toured the plant after the reading of the budget to reassure investors that the losses businesses have been suffering due to inadequate power supply would soon become a thing of the past.
“We are going to reduce the cost of doing business and this has been reflected in our budget that has just been read,” Ssekandi said on Friday.
He commended Roofings, which has a plant in Lubowa on Entebbe Road, for setting up another one in Namanve, adding that the two factories have provided employment opportunities to hundreds of Ugandans.
The chairman Roofings Group, Sikander Lalani, had earlier complained of erratic and inadequate power supply and poor roads in the Kampala Industrial Park at Namanve.
He said the plant whose construction kicked off two years ago is worth $140m, adding that close to 2,000 locals were employed at the plant.
Ssekandi promised that the Government would improve the road network in the park to ease operations.
Stuart Mwesigwa, the Roofings business development manager, said the Namanve plant would employ over 3,000 people upon completion.
He explained that Roofings pays sh100b to the Government in taxes per annum and fetches $120m in foreign exchange.