Cabinet has given a go ahead to the proposal to import 60 megawatts of electricity from Kenya to plug  a power  generation gap after receiving  a report of last week’s flooding of the 183MW Isimba Dam that was temporarily shut down leading to a power shortfall.

The $568m (Shs2.1 trillion) dam, 80 percent a loan from China’s EXIM Bank, was flooded on Monday last week nearly submerging the powerhouse that houses generators, turbines and other electrical installations requisite for electricity generation.

The flooding which was caused by a defective radial outflow gate according to multiple sources, also short-circuited switchboards, electric motors, and other equipment.

An assessment of  the extent of damage is ongoing but sources hinted it will cost billions.

 Energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa revealed that arrangements have been finalised to import 60MW from neighbouring Kenya to address the shortage occasioned by the current emergency.


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