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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #21
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New $350m China-funded road in Uganda starts July

Updated: 2012-04-28 10:06

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KAMPALA - Construction of a $350-million Chinese-funded toll road linking Uganda's only international airport and its capital Kampala will start in July after delays over a design review and land acquisition, a government official said on Friday.

Uganda, east Africa's third largest economy, has projected its economy would expand by 5.4 percent in the 2012/13 (July-June) fiscal year, from an estimated 5 percent this fiscal year, boosted by increased spending on infrastructure.

China has funded the construction of several transportation and communications infrastructure and gleaming public offices in Uganda, including a $93 million state house villa built in 2007 as part of its investment on the African continent.

One of the conditions for the loan by China's Export-Import Bank to build the 50-km road was that the contractor had to be Chinese, but critics say the non-competitive sourcing of the contractor would lead to inefficiencies.

Dan Alinange, spokesperson for the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), said although the price tag was high, this was justified by the quality of the road. He said Uganda could not avoid the of conditionalities linked to the project.

"Yes, it's an expensive road but it will be a superhighway with world-class features and that costs money plus the cost compares well with what the likes of Kenya are paying," he said.

In neighbouring Kenya, the government of east Africa's largest economy has been conducting its most ambitious infrastructure investment programme ever, entailing the construction of new roads.

Local firms have missed out on the lucrative contracts, and critics there too have complained that most contracts have gone to firms from China, but the government says the Chinese have won the contracts due to their superior road-building abilities.

Alinange said the new modern highway connecting Entebbe and Kampala would take 36 months, and when completed would relieve the existing road overwhelmed by rising traffic of people and goods as Uganda's economy has expanded over the years.
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Old September 30th, 2012, 03:20 PM   #22
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China to build Kampala-Entebbe express way
Publish Date: Sep 30, 2012

By Ronald Ssekandi and Yuan Qing

Economic experts argue that Uganda’s poor road network is one of the major bottlenecks to unlocking Uganda’s economic potential.

Road transport is, by far, the most dominant mode of transport in Uganda, carrying over 95% of passenger and freight traffic. The national roads currently make up about 25% of the road network but carry over 80% of the total road traffic.

They also provide vital transport corridors to the landlocked countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and to the Indian Ocean.

However, according to statistics by the Uganda National Road’s Authority (UNRA), out of the 20,000km of the national roads, only 15% (2,914km) is paved or tarmac.

Experts say if this poor road infrastructure is addressed, Uganda’s economic potential will be boosted in both intra-regional and domestic trade.

According to the country’s national budget 2012/2013, there are over 40 priority roads that are critical to the economic development of the country.

China, like elsewhere on the continent, has come in to help.

“According to a Chinese saying, people who want to be rich should build a road first. Chinese companies are playing an important role in the infrastructural development of Uganda,” Zhao Yali, Chinese ambassador to Uganda, said.

In June this year, China delivered the first batch of road equipment to the Ugandan government as part of a 40-year soft loan of about $106m to boost the country’s road transport.

While receiving the equipment that will be distributed to the various local governments in the country, President Yoweri Museveni said it would help in the construction of major roads.

The equipment included 159 graders, 257 tipper trucks, 12 wheel-loaders, six bull dozers, seven excavators and two low-loaders.

Zhao said the next batch of the equipment will be delivered in a few months.

He said zonal service centers have been set up in several parts of the country to do the routine service of the machines.

“In order to make sure the equipment works well, China FAW Group will set up these centers in Kampala and five other stations in the main towns to train local technicians and provide maintenance services,” Zhao said.

The expressway

Construction of a $350m Chinese-funded Kampala-Entebbe expressway is expected to start soon as the Government, the contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) and other stakeholders finalise the procedural stages.

The funds to construct the 37km road are from a preferential loan from China Export and Import Bank.

The road, which is the second of its kind in eastern Africa after the one in Ethiopia, still constructed by the Chinese, will be linking the capital Kampala to Entebbe International Airport, the country’s main gateway to the rest of the world.

“The total length of the main road is about 37km and the spur road from Kajjansi to Munyonyo is about 13km. The road is a standards expressway," said Zhang Weidong, project manager of the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway Project.

"We used Chinese specifications and standard. It is four lanes double way.”

Construction of the road will take five years and CCCC has given a guarantee of six years.

“This road will play a very important role in Uganda’s development particularly in tourism and will ease the traffic pressure,” said Zhao.

Another major road linking the western Ugandan town of Fort Portal to Ntoroko, Bundibugyo and then Uganda-eastern DRC common border is being upgraded by a Chinese construction firm Chongqing International Construction Corporation.

The money being used to construct the 103.6km road is a loan from the African Development Bank to the Ugandan government.

The road traverses land with the high potential for agricultural production of bananas, cassava, cocoa, palm oil and natural resources such as oil reserves, which recent studies and drilling have confirmed to be economically viable to exploit in the region.

The upgrading of the road to bitumen standard is considered to be important, not only in terms of completing the national paved road circuit, but also for international transit traffic to the DRC, in addition to providing another important access to Uganda’s section of the great western rift valley.

The upgrading of the access to Semliki National Park with its Sempaya Hot Springs is expected to boost the country’s primary tourist destination, where the Kabalega Falls, the Lake Albert, Edward and George and the plains contrast with numerous crater lakes, mountains and other wildlife.

Other Chinese road construction firms are involved in various projects across the country.

Apart from improving Uganda’s road network, the projects employ thousands of Ugandans and put money back into the Government through taxes.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #23
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I took this on my way to the airport.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:02 AM   #24
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Old November 21st, 2012, 11:21 AM   #25
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Kampala-Entebbe highway launch todayPublish Date: Nov 21, 2012




Cars line up at the security check point near Entebbe Airport
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By Joel Ogwang
It is one of the biggest and most ambitious road projects in the 26-years of the NRM Government.
And, when President Yoweri Museveni launches works on the new $476m (about sh1.2 trillions) Kampala-Entebbe Expressway project today, he will, once again, prove the Government’s commitment to improving transport by massively investing in the road sector.
Construction works will last four years, ending 2016. On completion, the expressway will be only the second of its kind in eastern Africa, after Ethiopia’s 80km Addis Ababa-Adama expressway.
According to Eng. Dr. Michael Odongo, the Uganda Road Fund (URF) executive director, the new highway manifests that Uganda is on the path to modernisation.
“We will have a modern express highway linking Kampala city and Entebbe Airport. It shows we, as a country, are modernising the transport infrastructure.”
About the expressway
The project is financed by a concessional loan from China EXIM Bank with additional funding from the Government of Uganda. EXIM Bank provided $350m (about sh910b) and Uganda, $126m (about sh327.6b).
The expressway is a 51.4km dual carriageway which will start at the Northern Bypass’ Busega roundabout in Kampala, ending at Entebbe Airport but with a spur to Munyonyo.
It will comprise a four-lane dual carriageway with a 37.23km road connecting Kampala Northern Bypass at Busega with the existing Kampala-Entebbe Road at Abayita Abababiri.
Another 14.13 km road will connect Munyonyo through Lweza with the new Kampala-Entebbe highway. The road will have four major interchanges to facilitate interconnections with roads at designated locations including the Busega interchange at the interface with the Kampala- Northern Bypass.
It will also encompass the Kajjansi interchange at the interface with the spur to Munyonyo, Abayita-Ababiri interchange at the interface with the existing Kampala-Entebbe road and the Lweza interchange at the interface of the spur with the existing Kampala-Entebbe Road.
Five major bridges will be built at Busega, Nalukolongo, Kajjansi, Kamirangoma and Nambigirwa swamp. There will be restricted access for intruders animals and people through fencing to facilitate mobility especially for new alignment between Busega and Abayita Ababiri.
Access will only be permitted at designated intersections or interchanges at Abayita Ababiri, Busega, Lweza, and the intersection of the existing Entebbe Road, with the spur to Munyonyo.
In his foreword in the Tarmac Network, a Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) publication, works and transport minister, Abraham Byandaala reckons the groundbreaking for the new road as a landmark in Uganda’s history of road construction and a fitting pointer to a better road infrastructure.
“The express highway will contribute to the vehicular decongestion of the Kampala-Entebbe route, help save on fuel and reduce the pollution that traffic jams generate, releasing time for economic productivity,” he says.
The project is contracted to China Communications and Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), who also constructed the Addis Ababa-Adama Expressway, says Dan Alinange, the UNRA publicist.
“The new highway will ease travelling, encourage tourism and spur development,” he says.
Recouping the loan
Three toll plazas are planned along the Kampala-Entebbe project route, with one at Busega, Abayita Ababiri and Kajjansi.
There will be both manual and auto-tolling. Under auto-tolling, prepaid customers will bear transponders that will open toll gates on arrival while the manual toll will have attendants deployed to issue tickets upon payment of toll dues.
The Government plans to repay the $350m plus the principle to EXIM Bank from the returns of the toll revenues, according to the project plan and implementation manual.
“We started compensating people whose properties will be destroyed in October,” says Alinange. “We have so far paid off 300 people at a cost of sh10b.”
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Old November 21st, 2012, 12:33 PM   #26
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I dont get the bit of it being second in east africa, what classification are the other dual carriageways?
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 01:21 PM   #27
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 01:32 PM   #28
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Museveni commissions Kampala-Entebbe roadPublish Date: Nov 22, 2012




Museveni  anked by CHINA EXIM BANK vice-president Zhu Hongjie (3rd right), works minister Abraham Byandaala, Chinese ambassador Zhao Yali (left) and China Communications Construction Company vice-president Chen Fenjian (right), after launching the building of Kampala-Entebbe express highway at Busega yesterday.
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President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned work on the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway, a four-lane dual carriage toll road linking Kampala to Entebbe Airport.
Museveni Wednesday officially launched the works at a ground-breaking ceremony at Kyengera, off the Kampala-Masaka road.
Museveni hailed the Chinese Government for supporting the construction of the highway through a $350m concessional loan from China EXIM Bank.
The loan is repayable over a 40-year period, at a 2% annual interest while the Government contributes sh324b, in addition to $40m (about sh103b) to compensate land owners living along the route of the proposed highway.
The 51-km highway will also connect to Munyonyo, a prominent Kampala suburb, located on the shores of Lake Victoria.
According to the plan, the road will have 15 overpass bridges, 15 underpass bridges, two swampy crossing bridges and three interchanges at Busega, Kajjansi and Abayita Ababiri along Entebbe road.
The contract was awarded to China Communication Construction Company, which also constructed the Soroti-Lira Road.
According to the executive of the Uganda National Roads Authority, Peter Ssebanakitta, the first 6km of the road have been handed over to the contractor to start work. Compensation of residents affected by the construction is underway, with 250 people so far paid.
Museveni hailed China for not tying its loan to conditionalities, unlike some donor countries, whose support he said was bent on creating subservience instead of independence.
“Chinese support is not like a poor man’s support. If a poor man gives you a ****, he will always remind you about it, and expect you to thank him all the time,” Museveni said.
He urged Ugandans to emulate the discipline and patriotism of the Chinese, which he said had catapulted it from a third world nation in the 1950s to a super power.
“Ugandans should learn from Chinese people. They are organised and when government tells them to do something, they do it. They do not waste time in useless arguments like here, where there are so many political parties and bad behaviour, especially among leaders,” Museveni said.
“In their country, if you are caught stealing, they shoot you dead. If we did that here, we would have fewer thieves,” the President said.
Museveni blasted the Busiro East MP, Medard Ssegona, for asking the Government to return the properties of Buganda Kingdom. He advised Ssegona to focus on uniting the people for development, instead of peddling demands based on ethnic differences. Ssegona had earlier asked the President to ensure that the Government returns the property and pay all rent arrears owed to the Buganda Kingdom.
“Your Excellency, we are grateful for the return of Buganda Kingdom, but please fulfill the rest of our demands. We still demand for federo and we know discussions are ongoing,” Segona remarked.
“In the meantime, at least return our land and pay all rent on it in full,” he added.
In his response, Museveni said: “You cannot come here to lecture me on the Kabaka. I knew him and I know where I found him, and I don’t want to be lectured on that.
“The NRM united all people regardless of their ethnic or religious background. That is what has helped us to prosper. Instead of tightening that bolt, you are loosening it. Besides, if we were not there, the Kabaka would perhaps not have returned.
“I would still have come here and commissioned this project, with or without an area MP. I didn’t expect to find him here anyway, because the presence of an MP was not necessary. It is even my first time to see him in this area,” Museveni said.
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Hmm Chinese quality. Some heavy rain and your road is gone.
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Hmm Chinese quality. Some heavy rain and your road is gone.
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I hope this project will be beautifully detailed like Thika Road. Bringing the ugandan section alive once more
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Apparently they are doing something similar to NRB-THIKA in Ethiopia

any confirmation on this?
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Check the Ethio section
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Apparently they are doing something similar to NRB-THIKA in Ethiopia

any confirmation on this?
Its more expansive.
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Apparently they are doing something similar to NRB-THIKA in Ethiopia

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The whole of Addis Ababa is full of real super Highways forget about that 30 km stretch to exclusion!
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And where are you're highways???
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The whole of Addis Ababa is full of real super Highways forget about that 30 km stretch to exclusion!
first time to post on uganda forums and you spew nothing but bs.
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He's jealous that a nation like uganda can build such a project..
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And where are you're highways???
u simply can't compare that one highway with numerous in Addis-Ababa! That's exaggeration accustomed to most of u here...
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I'm talking about Dar not Addis Ababa
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