Uganda suspends power exports to Kenya

9 March 2005 – Uganda has suspended electricity exports to Kenya and is instead trying to negotiate a deal to import power from its African neighbour in order to alleviate a domestic shortage of power.

It was reported in the Kenya Times that the Ugandan government is in negotiations to import around 20 MW during peak hour and 10 MW during off peak times. Kenya currently has a surplus of electricity as its hydropower dams have sufficient water to generate at maximum capacity.

Kenya has strived to reduce imports from Uganda since the government introduced plans to connect its power grid to Tanzania. It has also been reported that the long-term plan is to extend the link through Tanzania into Zambia.