Minister D'Ujanga Defends Performance, Promises to Deliver Nyagak Dam

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Newly reappointed state minister for energy, Simon D’Ujanga, has vehemently denied accusations leveled at him and other newly appointed ministers that they don’t deserve their new assignments.
A few politicians in Arua have been complaining over the new appointments, especially since it left out new entrants and sons of the soil like Arua Municipality’s Gabriel Aridru and Vurra’s Sam Okuonzi.
In President Museveni’s new cabinet are Moses Ali as 3rd deputy Prime Minister, Christine Ondoa as health minister, Simon D’Ujanga as energy state minister, Jachan Omach as state minister for finance, Alex Onzima as state minister for internal affairs, and James Baba as state for internal affairs.
D’Ujanga, while reacting to claims that he has been conniving with the government to delay the construction of Nyagak hydropower plant in Zombo district, said to the contrary he should be credited for ensuring that the dam gets a new contractor.
D’Ujanga said after the first civil contractor, Sobetra Internaltional failed to complete civil works on time, he fought tooth and nail to bring in a new contractor, Spencon, which is doing a good job.
He said the construction of Nyagak dam, which is to supply power to the West Nile region, is on course and that the dam will be completed in the near future.
D’Ujanga assured the people of West Nile to be calm since the money for the completion of the 3.5-megawatt dam is already secured.
The minister also disclosed that once the Nyagak dam is complete, two other dams will be built downstream the Nyagak River to utilize the released water from the reservoir even more.
In the meantime, said D’Ujanga, construction of power lines connecting all major towns will also be commenced to coincide with the completion of the dam.
On claims that the people of Zombo are not happy with his reappointment, D’Ujanga said to the contrary his reappointment has been warmly received because he is a trusted cadre of the National Resistance Movement.
D’Ujanga clarified that while he did not lose the Okoro NRM primary, he simply did not want to disorganize his NRM party by running as an independent, proving that he is a true NRM member.
Interestingly, D'Ujanga's reappointment has been welcomed by many Alur people both in Zombo and Kampala. James Onen, a resident of Nebbi town, says D'Ujanga's performance as energy minsiter has been good because he is a professional electrical engineer with vast experience.

Onen reasoned that by reappointing him it means he has gained the trust of the appointing authority, a crucial element if one is to deliver to his people.

George Olar said D'Ujanga's reappointment increases the voices of the Alur in parliament since he will be an ex-officio member.

Olar argued that for West Nile to get reliable they need their own son-of-the-soil with the required expereince to be in the crucial ministry of energy.


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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.

In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

I am also a media entrepreneur. I founded The West Niler newspaper and now runs Rainbow Media Corporation (Rainbow Radio 88.2 FM in Nebbi). My areas of interest are conflict and peacebuilding, business, climate change, health and children and young people, among others."