Let Africa make its own choices, Museveni makes passionate call on renewable energy

President Yoweri Museveni has called on the world to allow Africa explore more than a few selected options of energy. In an article published Monday on the Wall Street Journal, the President has said that the continent’s development partners including NGOs and donors, among others have the tendency of trying to influence their choice of energy on the growing continent. He argues that because the continent is positioned to become a massive consumer of energy with it 1.3 billion population projected to double, relying on one source of energy is placing all the eggs in one basket and short sighted.

He further argues that the safer bet for the continent is to explore all the available options, especially in the face of climate change and other factors that can quite easily render one option unviable. The President lashes out at views that Africa should take up only renewable energy to safeguard the environment. He argues that renewable energy is not the only source of clean energy.

Mr Museveni, in his article published ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, underscores the need for various forms of energy if Africa is to win its fight against poverty. This year’s conference is the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31 to November 12.

Read President Museveni’s full article here……… https://on.wsj.com/3nq2c4B

Officials from Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development inspect the Kasenyi Mini grid site, one of six min grid sites that were constructed in partnership with the government agencies in the districts of Kasese and Rubirizi.