EACJ Rules Against Uganda in Karuma Dam Deal

By Halima Abdallah

The East African Court of Justice has ruled against the Ugandan government in a case disputing the awarding of a contract to build the 600MW Karuma hydropower dam.

The EACJ Appellate Division delivered the judgment on February 29, saying the government disrespected its own domestic law -- in particular, the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act -- and was also in contempt of court.

Henry Kyarimpa, a procurement consultant, had challenged the contract being awarded to Chinese company Sinohydro Group.