Twitter has been treated to a debate spanning two days with users showing no signs of slowing down and its all about the cost of the nearly completed Kampala-Entebbe Expressway compared to the much wider Thika Highway in Kenya.
The debate was sparked by a twitter user @kevrx who posted juxtaposed pictures of the Entebbe Express way with Thika Highway and captioned it with comparisons on the costs and width of the roads:
The tweet has gone viral and has been retweeted nearly 400 times and liked by over 130 users. The debate has gone mental and across countries with kenyans spurring with Ugandans on the unofficial bragging rights on which country is most corrupt.
Here are the fascinating exchanges:
Ben Mwesigwa @mwesben posted:
@kevrx@mpozii I think terrain changes costs then compensation too because of land laws. How many kms cross swamp land? @UNRA_UG
Dan Wandera Ogalo then purred: @DanOgalo@kevrx A nation of thieves masquerading as leaders.
Catherine Kyobutungi then attempted to offer an explanation: @kevrx adjust for inflation & forex changes, subtract compensation, divide by number of km then you are closer to a valid comparison
But @Kevrx was having none of that: @CKyobutungi lets give currency variation & inflation 20%, No subtraction of compensation because it happened in both projects. Any change?
Kyobutungi: @kevrx Thika road was mostly an expansion of an existing road, so compensation could not have been to the same level…..Raising a road in swamp for a long distance is not the same as building flyovers on solid ground.
@Kevrx: @CKyobutungi True but she not cause an excessive variation, as one has lager carriage way width. @CKyobutungi Cost labor & land is higher in kenya. But they produce massive project at less than our little KEE, Why?
Kyobutungi: @kevrx massive is relative! U r assuming that cost of constructing a km of road is the same regardless of whether it’s water, land, swamp.
@Kevrx: @CKyobutungi But the swamp was on save on compensation costs right? I understand the technicalities involved but it shd not be unrealistic.
Newbert Rugadya: @NRugadya posts: @kevrx Did you consider the time lag and the road furniture? Was Thika a new road like Entebbe or an upgrade? And the terrain? @UNRA_UG
Eve Mashoo: @EmashooWhatever your reasoning is, this is still obnoxious 😠