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S. Sudan, Uganda sign power cooperation deal


October 4, 2017 (JUBA) - Uganda has reached an understanding with neighbouring South Sudan in a deal that will see Kampala extend electricity to South Sudan’s border towns of Kaya and Nimule.

Kapoeta power plant. Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan. Feb 4, 2011 (ST)

The agreement, Uganda’s state minister for energy said, is in line with the East Africa Community Power Pool Agreement that calls on all member states to connect electricity to each other.

“Uganda is already implementing cross-border electrification with Rwanda and Tanzania which is supplying power to Rakai and we are going to connect power to Eastern DR. Congo,” said Simon D’janga.

“All the power is coming from Uganda. We will supply 400KV of electricity we already have electricity in Nimule and Kaya but on Uganda side and now we want to extend it inside South Sudan,” he added.

South Sudan’s electricity and dams minister, Dhieu Mathok Wol, said the electricity agreement fulfils the regional leaders’ agreement to electrify the border towns so as to spur socio-economic activities in the border towns so as to reduce refugee migrations into Uganda.

“It is President [Yoweri] Museveni’s idea that people in border towns be given electricity to spur socio-economic activities so that it can reduce refugee migrations into Uganda,” Wol told reporters.

Both governments, he said, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish mechanisms for the project’s implementation through allowing the formation of joint committees that will be responsible for mobilizing funds meant for the project.

South Sudan, according to the electricity minister, has the lowest electricity consumption per capita in Sub-Saharan Africa compared to Uganda’s current electricity consumption of about 900MW.

However, as of March 2017, Uganda was reportedly exporting 51.1 megawatts (MW) of electricity to Kenya, 14.94MW to Tanzania and 0.27MW to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also, besides Karuma (600MW) and Isimba (183MW), the landlocked East African country reportedly boasts of many other mini-hydropower plants, which are expected to add between 100MW and 200MW to the national grid.

South Sudan, statistics from African Development Bank (AfDB) show, has the lowest per capita electricity consumption in Africa, with a per capita consumption of between 1 to 3 kWh, compared to an average in Sub-Saharan Africa of 80 kWh. This is reportedly due partly to the underdeveloped energy infrastructure in the young nation, which has been severely impacted by decades of conflict.

According to a 2013 data, only 1% of South Sudan reportedly has access to grid electricity, due to the low level of power generation and the insufficient distribution network. Also, only 4% of urban areas are reportedly connected to power, but these areas are subject to load shedding and forced power outages.


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  • 5 October 2017 03:27, by South South

    Good news for Kaya and Nimule. We will develop our country.

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    • 5 October 2017 06:38, by jubaone

      South South,
      Now I see how a homeless, vagrant and drifting jienge wants to live and die in Equatoria bcoz such good services can’t reach his stinking luak. Yei was the only town that enjoyed almost 7-10 hrs of electricity each day. To the point, jienges began calling themselves "Ana jienge ya Yei" even the Kiirminal. Wasaka.

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      • 5 October 2017 07:16, by South South


        Our job as a government of South Sudan is to develop every corner of our country. Every South Sudanese has right to live wherever he/she chooses. By the way, Dinkas are far better clean than some people who smell rats and monkeys meat. I love Juba Na South Sudan, Yei, Kaya, Aweil, Rumbek, Wau, Bor and all the cities in my country.

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        • 6 October 2017 14:30, by koang mi kei

          oh south Sudanese because bad leadership they are always begging what they have in their land when did Uganda become source of income to South Sudan while they are the ones dying to come to us

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      • 5 October 2017 10:56, by Eastern


        Nobody should be hoodwinked into thinking this is electricity extension project. What is intended here is to deploy the Special Forces Command (SFC) of the UPDF, those deployed in Juba and Bor to protect the southern border towns of Kaya, Nimule and Kajo Keji. Once Uganda connects these towns, SFC, charged with protecting Museveni and key installations in Uganda will be deployed.

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        • 5 October 2017 12:23, by South South

          Someone is very afraid of UPDF. This is what we told you to accept peace and have future in South Sudan, anything else will lead to your movement outside the country, sweet, sweet, enjoy.

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          • 5 October 2017 14:41, by Tommy

            South Sudan
            The act of cowardice it mean you may get help from others Countries that is clear now. The game still on and after all UPDF will regret for sure.

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            • 5 October 2017 16:57, by South South


              You may be one of the coward who was hiding during our struggle with fake Arabs. In war, smart people use elements of surprises to defeat enemy. We are smarter than you and we know how to kick out rebels. Peace is the only option for you to live in South Sudan. Do not talk about game which is on, show us what you can now weak man.

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              • 5 October 2017 17:24, by jubaone

                South South
                1. Bringing electricity to Kaya and Nimule will only attract jienges like flies looking for stench.
                2. It shows how weak the jienge regime is, always waiting for others to do the job of electrifying SS. Billions of dollars stolen, used to finance a lost war.
                3. This is a entry point of "Wewes" who love jienges for their idiocy and foolishness. Jienges are simply useful idiots.

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                • 5 October 2017 17:41, by South South


                  1- Bringing electricity to Kaya and Nimule will attract all South Sudanese tribes. It will create jobs, instead of running naked after tiny rat, we will have jobs for everyone.
                  2- It shows how strong our government is, always trying to think and bring good things to our country.
                  3- Dinkas never ask anyone to love them, but they are ready to push back any wicked person with wrong ideas.

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                  • 5 October 2017 18:20, by jubaone

                    South South
                    A lizard that soaks itself in water for ages can’t turn into a crocodile. A jienge that squats and idles in Equatoria can’t become an Equatorian. A jienge remains a Jienge and only belongs to a stinking luak. Period 👊.

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                    • 5 October 2017 19:55, by South South


                      We are working day and night to develop everyone in South Sudan including those who run naked to hunt for rats. Talking about a stinking, those people who eat rats need our efforts to bring them to civilization, they never take shower since they were born. They love sex, beer and food.

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                      • 6 October 2017 06:31, by jubaone

                        South South,
                        It’s this love for sex, beer and food that has attracted hungry jienge beggars to our towns like fecal flies. Do something in your junk state, so that I am also attracted to come to jiengeland. Nothing, worthless losers and drifters waiting for ready made. South South you have not told us where your luak is? Feeling ashamed 😁? Do you even know your origins ya jienge 😈?

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  • 5 October 2017 04:26, by Don-Don Malith Rual


    These charts show reliable electricity is still a luxury for more than half of Africa
    Yomi Kazeem April 19, 2016
    A power official works on an electric pole along a street in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos October 3, 2012
    In Africa, being connected to electricity grids is not a guarantee of power supply. (reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)
    Africa’s electricity problems continue to

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  • 5 October 2017 04:35, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    From 2001-2005 Gdp over fall of the countries in Sub Saharan Africa rose by 4.5% annually while generation capacity grew.Africa power deficit 5 countries with greatest countries liant on hydroelectric generation are of the 5 🌍 African countries with largest power deficits

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