Juba, 23 November 2019: Barely 72 hours the 33-megawatt electricity launched by the country's President Kiir on Thursday which was expected to light 3000 homes in Juba was by Friday night went off in or has not reached most of the areas expected to be covered by the power supply.
On Thursday President Kiir joined other government officials on the inauguration of the power plant which is operated by Ezra company. During the inauguration ceremony of the power plant which is expected to generate 33-Megawatt from generators stationed at Gondokoro island, the country's Minister of Energy, dams, and electricity told reporters that, "I believe the population of the Juba City are eager to receive the power and I want to tell them that they are going to get the power, the whole City of Juba,” said Mathok.
But by Friday night most of the expected areas to be covered by the new electricity power supply remained in darkness.
Only a few areas which were covered such areas include state House, Buluk Police station headquarters, Juba university and area of SPLM House then airport road.
Recently Juba government has signed an agreement with Uganda for Kampala to supply the bordering towns of Nimule, Kaya, and Kajo-keji with power. During the launch, Kiir stated that Kenya and Sudan will cover remaining regions with power from Kenya and Sudan.
The Asmara based Ezra company according to the government will operate 33-Megawatt power stations for 17 years, before it will hand over the ownership to Juba. thus, this means South Sudan has no plan to develop its energy sources from Nimule Fula fall, which if developed will supply Uganda and Kenya respectively according to the study done in 2010-2011 by Norplant.