Uganda is paying back a $1.4bn Chinese loan for an incomplete hydropower dam

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Thursday, 10 November 2022 12:00

Chinese President Xi shakes hands with Ugandan President Museveni before a meeting in Beijing
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni before a meeting at The Great Hall of People on September 6, 2018 in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang

Uganda has started paying back a $1.44bn loan to China. However, the flagship 600MW Karuma hydropower project that the government paid for is not finished, an official tells The Africa Report. Researchers say Uganda is responsible for the mess it finds itself enmeshed in.

Situated on River Nile, 270 miles north of the capital city Kampala, sits the Karuma hydroelectric power dam. The 600MW project is a symbol of the China-Uganda partnership, which is yet to bear fruits.