(Xinhua) -- Construction of the
regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project has kicked off at
the Tanzanian border district of Ngara that is expected to
benefit over a million people in East Africa when completed.
The project is owned by the three East Africa countries of
Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania through a Special Purpose Vehicle,
the Rusumo Power Company Ltd.
"We are very delighted today of the fact that the
transboundary shared Rusumo Falls project has finally come to
life, after more than 20 years since it was first identified,"
the Council of Ministers in charge of energy from Burundi,
Rwanda and Tanzania said in a joint statement after the launch
The project is expected to deliver a shared hydropower plant
with an installed capacity of 80 megawatts.
Each of the three countries will receive 26.6 megawatts
directly connected to their respective national grid through the
transmission lines, which are expected to benefit over one
million people in the three countries.
The construction of the hydroelectric power plant is funded
by the World Bank at a cost of 340 million U.S dollars.
The project is being constructed by two contractors namely:
CGCOC Group & JWHC JV from China for civil works and ANDRITZ
Hydro from Germany/India for Electro-Mechanical works. The
Rusumo Hydropower Project is scheduled to be completed and
commissioned by 2020.
Rwanda prison fire leaves
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
A massive fire on Friday morning raged through
Kimironko prison in Gasabo District in the country’s capital
Kigali, injuring seven inmates.
The cause of the fire was not readily established. Property
was destroyed by the inferno despite the fact that Rwanda police
fire fighters immediately intervened to put out fire before
gutting down all prison facilities.
Inmates were evacuated to separate facilities. Police,
soldiers and prison guards surrounded the prison to ensure no
inmate could take advantage to escape.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, George Rwigamba,
Commissioner General Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) said
that seven people received minor injuries in the fire and
inmates have been evacuated to a separate wing within the prison
"No death has been recorded and no inmate escaped, however
their properties including mattresses, hygiene materials among
others were all destroyed," he added.
Rwigamba stated that those injured will be treated inside the
prison adding that investigations are ongoing to find out the
root cause of the fire.
The fire started at about 8:30 a.m. local time and spread
fast to three prison cells, according to RCS authority.
Neighboring residents told journalists that they heard
gunshots inside the prison when the fire broke out, however
Xinhua could not independently verify this.
For the last three years, prisons like Muhanga (Southern
Province) Rubavu (Western Province) and Nyarugenge (Kigali City)
were gutted by fire with the latter having been burned last year