The Kikagati-Murongo hydropower project, a joint venture between Tanzania and Uganda, has its roots in a historical background of regional cooperation and shared energy resources. The idea for harnessing the hydropower potential of the Kagera River, which forms the border between the two East African countries, dates back several years.
Recognizing the immense benefits of utilizing this shared natural resource, Tanzania and Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2021, paving the way for the collaborative development of the hydropower plant. The MoU laid the foundation for joint efforts in constructing a 16-megawatt (MW) facility that would contribute to addressing the energy needs of both nations.
Today, the vision outlined in the MoU has become a reality as President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania jointly inaugurated the project. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone in the long-standing cooperation between the two countries and underscores their commitment to regional integration and sustainable development.
According to the EAC’s statement on Tuesday, the powerhouse of the plant will be located on the Ugandan side, while the reservoir will span across both partner states. The project, known as the Kikagati/Murongo hydropower project, will be developed on the Kagera River, which forms the border between Uganda and Tanzania.
The Kikagati-Murongo hydropower project holds great promise for the region. It not only harnesses the power potential of the Kagera River but also strengthens energy security, promotes clean and renewable energy sources, and stimulates economic growth. Through this joint venture, Tanzania and Uganda exemplify the power of collaboration in maximizing shared resources for the benefit of their respective populations.
As the project commences construction in the near future, it will serve as a testament to the enduring partnership between Tanzania and Uganda and the potential for cross-border initiatives in the pursuit of sustainable development. The Kikagati-Murongo hydropower project stands as a symbol of progress and a beacon of hope, ushering in a new era of regional cooperation and prosperity in East Africa.