Kilembe once the biggest contributor to Uganda's Gross Domestic Product was shut down in 1982 during the time that Uganda was experiencing violent upheavals. It has since then been in limbo with most of its infrastructure destroyed.
The railway line which links it to a smelting plant in the eastern district of Jinja is none functional something which poses a serious challenge for its resumption.
The plant was recently hit by floods which submerged it and destroyed more machines.
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