The Speaker of Parliament hon. Rebecca Kadaga has signed an online petition to save Murchison Falls National Park after cabinet recently approved a bid to conduct a feasibility study to determine the justification of constructing a hydropower dam.
This development comes at a time over 10,079 people have signed the petition out of the required 15,000 signatures.
The Save Murchison falls campaign was initiated by Ugandan activists and tour operators to petition President Museveni and Ms. Kadaga in her capacity as Speaker of the august House to block the hydropower dam construction.
“President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: Save Murchison Falls From Hydro-electric Dam – Sign the Petition!,” Ms. Kadaga tweeted after signing the petition on Monday.
Kadaga becomes the latest government official to oppose construction of the said hydropower dam at what the petitioners describe as “a sensitive point on the world’s longest river.”
“Our condemnation of this heinous idea is premised on the environmental, social and direct and induced economic value of the falls to Uganda,” the petition reads in part.
Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Bonang Energy and Power Limited, a South African company, to undertake a detailed feasibility study to establish the eligibility of building a power dam at Uhuru Falls in Murchison Falls National Park and earlier this year, the company applied to the Electricity Regulatory Authority for a permit to conduct the detailed study at Uhuru Falls.