President Museveni has inspected the ongoing works to remove the floating island that blocked the Nalubaale power dam on Tuesday.
Turbines at the three main power plants, of Nalubaale, Kiira and Bujagali clogged on Tuesday night, resulting in a one-hour nationwide power blackout on Tuesday afternoon.
Museveni who inspected the dam on Sunday praised the UPDF Engineering Brigade for their efforts in ensuring that the floating island is cleared.
One of the engineers who spoke on condition of anonymity says that the President tasked Ministry of Energy officials to ensure that all our power units are operationalized in the shortest time possible.
Last week, the UPDF Engineering Brigade was tasked to clear the floating island.Brig. Besigye Bekunda, the UPDF Engineering Brigade commander said that island will be cleared in seven days.
Besigye says that the marine officers had been deployed to divert the island to one collection point, easily accessible to the excavators.
According to ESKOM Uganda Limited, the company with a concession to operate and maintain Nalubaale and Kiira Hydro Power stations, the floating Island which originated from Lake Victoria Basin as a result of the current rising water levels created extensive debris and waste material that blocked the water intake screens, through which water for power generation is transported.