President Museveni will on Wednesday erform the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the multi-billion Kampala – Entebbe Express Highway dubbed the Southern By-pass.
The ceremony will be held at Kabojja on the Kampala – Masaka highway. According to the Uganda National Roads Authority head of corporate affairs, Mr Dan Alinange, the 51.4 km road will displace more than 4,000 businesses and individuals who are on its path.
“We warned all the parties that would be affected and started the compensation process last month with about Sh10 billion handed to about 250 residents so far,” he said yesterday while addressing the press.
The highway will ease the movement from Kampala to Entebbe Airport. Construction will begin today, ahead of the December 2012 date that had been released to the public and will be constructed by China Communications Construction Company Ltd.
The highway will have two routes; from Busega running through Nkumba to Entebbe Airport (37 km), with the other route running from Lweza to Munyonyo (14 km) with a direct route to Munyonyo from Kajjansi.
The Works ministry has for the last two financial years received financing for the project from government. From next year, UNRA plans to widen the Northern By-pass to include flyovers at Kampala-Jinja Highway, Kibuye-Mpigi Road and Bwaise-Bombo Highway.
This new venture will cost $9.1 billion will be channeled through the Export-Import Bank of China, with Uganda contributing part of the total.