JINJA – The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has instructed UPDF Engineers to start clearing a floating Island that has blocked water flow at Nalubale Dam in Jinja.
The floating island is alleged to have caused power blackout on Tuesday April 14,2020 in the entire country.
According to the UPDF Chief of Engineers Brigade, Brig Gen Besigye Bekunda, work that commenced this evening is to take seven days.
“The Silt from the vegetation blocked turbines which affected power generation and will be removed mechanically using excavators and Tippers from Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC) and ministry of works,” he said
Mr Bekunda said there is another floating island 7km away floating towards the dam and needs to be blocked using a wire mesh before it reaches the Dam to cause more damage.
“All this is due to the increasing water levels of lake Victoria due to heavy rains and human activity”. He said.
Present to witness the commencement of the work was, the Commandant Senior Comand and Staff College Kimaka Lt Gen Andrew Guti, the Commandant URDCC Brig Gen Peter Gaetano Omola among others.