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LANGUAGE BARRIER DERAILING PROCESS OF KARUMA DAM CONSTRUCTION

Failure to communicate between Chinese Engineers and Ugandan workers at the Karuma Dam construction project has been reported to be one of the major constraints slowing progress of works.

The Chinese Contractor Sinohydro says 30% of the works is done ahead of 2018 when the 600mega watt project is scheduled to be complete.

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Construction work in progress with an estimated 3,300 workers three quarters of which are Ugandans. 70% of the Engineers are Chinese who have complained of inability to ably communicate with the Ugandans hence slowing decision making and task execution.

SB ENG HENRY BIDASALA, COMMISSIONER FOR ELECTRIC POWER AT MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.

The Local council I chairperson Karuma, Severino Opio put forward his discontent as regards the recruitment process, but was quick to relent a disclaimer that the 448,000 salary scale by Sinohydro is a worthwhile move.

SB SEVERINO OPIO, LCI KARUMA

With Exim Bank China funding 85 percent of the Karuma Hydro Power Dam, the government is left with 15% to propel the $1.6 billion project forward. When asked whether the Chinese firm Sinohydro will forever stay in charge of the Karuma dam project, he regrets the lack of skills exhibited, but still provides a possible resolve.

SB ENG HENRY BIDASALA, COMMISSIONER FOR ELECTRIC POWER AT MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT.

The tunneling, being done in layers sets the upper layer, also known as heading at 84% and the benching, that is, the downer layer at 40%.

However, with just 30% physical work and prospects of finished work by 2018, one wonders whether this highly hoped for project will be concluded by the estimated time.

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By UTN Reporter

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