The proposal by energy company Bonang Power and Energy to set up a 360-MW dam on the part of the Nile crossing Uganda has come up against strong opposition. Private tourism operators, environmentalists and the government's wildlife protection organization are opposed to this dam, which threatens the tourist attraction of Murchison Falls.
Located between the Kyoga and Albert rivers, Murchison Falls also lends its name to Uganda’s largest game reserves.
"It's just crazy to consider destroying this iconic place. It is just unacceptable to even consider destroying one of our largest waterfalls to produce 350 MW of electricity," said Amos Wekesa, one of the opponents of the project, to Reuters.
Julius Wandera, the spokesman for the Energy Regulatory Authority in Uganda, said no final decision has yet been made and that all opinions will be taken into consideration.