Ministers Kasaija, Muloni Clash Over Shs144bn Unspent Electricity Loan

Matia Kasaija
The Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija has written a strongly-worded letter to the Energy minister Irene Muloni calling for reprimand and disciplinary action for the ministry’s failure to utilise $36,000,000 (about Shs144bn) savings from the Electricity Development Project Loan.
Kasaija in his letter has recommended special disciplinary measures against whoever was responsible after the Energy sector failed to produce bankable project proposals for the utilization of the said budgeted loan for electricity expansion.
“It is extremely disappointing that your sector failed to produce bankable project proposals when the sector is financing deficits. I would like to remind you that projects like electrification of industrial parks notably, Kapeka, Sukulu and Mbale, and many other transmissions lines remain unfunded,” Kasaija said in a tough letter to his fellow minister Muloni.
On June 01, 2018, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Robert Kasande wrote to finance ministry requesting to initiate the cancellation process of the unutilized $36m loan. This was after the Finance ministry Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi on 16 March 2015 wrote to Energy ministry requesting them to submit proposals for financing using savings realized from the project.
“This is to express my displeasure for the failure to utilize the resources when you had all the opportunity to efficiently utilize the resources to finance unfunded priorities in the sector,” Kasaija’s letter reads.
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