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Saturday, April 28, 2012
CONSULTATIONS WITH COMMUNITIES OVER THE SOUTHERN BYPASS STARTED MID APRIL 2012
The proposed Kampala – Entebbe Expressway project is a 4 – lane road of 51.4 kilometres comprising (i) an Expressway between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport; and (ii) a spur to the Munyonyo Resort. Physical works on the project are expected to start in 2012.
This project will provide an efficient mass transit route between the two most important cities in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) region (i.e. The
Capital, Kampala and Entebbe International Airport) and will therefore form a crucial
part of Government’s overall strategy for decongesting Kampala through construction of an inner beltway comprising the Kampala Northern and Southern Bypasses as well as an outer beltway along the edges of the GKMA. This project is therefore consistent with objectives of the Master Plan for the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) prepared in 2004.
Mr. Peter Ssebanakitta Sir, the people to be affected by the road will be grateful if the Government pays them before they are told to relocate or before they give up part of their land.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has advertised dates on which the public to be affected by the Southern bypass or new Entebbe Highway are to be briefed and will have their questions answered. The 37 Km long Highway will have two lanes either side and construction is scheduled to start in July 2012, and shall take 4 years. The Government of Uganda borrowed funds for the project from the Government of China. The Highway shall start from Busega, where it will connect to the Northern bypass. The Highway will cross Masaka road at Kabojja, then to Kasanje, Kinaawa and Kazinga. It will continue to Nkungulutale, Ssisa then through the wetland of Nabingirwa before joining the existing Entebbe Highway at Mpala, and shall connect to Entebbe Airport using the existing route. The project has another road component of 13km from Kajjansi to Munyonyo passing via Lweza, Kitiko – Birongo, Mutungo Central, Kigo – Lunya, Ziranumbu, through the wetland of Kawagga then to Munyonyo.
M/S Mott Macdonald Uganda Limited and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) are jointly involved in the project. More information on the project can be got using the following telephone numbers: +256 776 564564, + 256 772 517492, +256 782 703382
TIMETABLE FOR THE CONSULTATIONS
1. On April 17, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kabojja ‘B’ and Nkokonjeru ‘A’ villages, in Nsangi parish, the meeting took place at Kabojja ‘B’ Chairman’s residence, starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Masagazi Luyima Tel. 0772 442226
2. On April 18, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kabojja ‘A’ village, Nsangi parish, the meeting took place at kabojja Coffee Factory starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Magara Frank 0712 726600
3. On April 18, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Kinaawa village, in Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Good Hope Primary School starting at 9.00am. The contact person is Mr. F K Susa Ssalongo Tel. 0772 410370.
4. On April 20, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Bandwe and Nalumunye, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Bandwe Primary School starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Katabalwa John Tel.0774 050513
5. On April 23, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Katale Bukwenda, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Mr. Senfuma’s hall starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Kakonge Charles Tel. 0782 932969
6. On April 24, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Katale Busawula, Kasenge parish, the meeting took place at Kitawuluzi starting at 3pm. The contact person is Mr. Kaluma Christopher Tel. 0782 386092
1. On April 26, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Nakigalala ‘Kifene’ (Jack Fruit Tree) village, Kitende parish, the meeting took place at the Jack Fruit Tree starting at 3pm. The contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy Tel. 0772 430614
2. On April 27, 2012 consultations were scheduled at Makandwa village, Kitende parish, the meeting took place at the House of the LC1 Chairman starting at 3pm. The contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy.
3. On April 30, 2012 consultations are scheduled at Lumuli village, Kitende parish, the meeting will take place starting at 3pm. Contact person is Nabukenya Dorothy
4. On May 1, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Kirumba/Kiryamuli villages, Namulanda parish, the meeting will take place at Sekiwunga Church starting at 3 – 5pm. The contact person is Ssesanga Tel.0775 184392
5. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Wamala village, Wamala parish, the meeting will take place at Wamala trading centre starting at 10 – 11am. The contact person is Namand Tereza Kizito Tel. contact 0772 071278 and 0712 955354.
6. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Lutaba Village, Wamala Parish, the meeting will take place at Wamala trading centre starting at 10 – 11am. The contact persons are Namande Tereza and Kizito.
7. On May 2, 2012 consultations are scheduled to take place at Bukesa village, Wamala Parish, the meeting will tke place at Ziru Primary School starting at 3 – 5pm. Contact persons are Namande Tereza and Kizito.
PARLIAMENT CLEARS NEW ENTEBBE ROAD HIGHWAY FINANCING
Posted May 3, 2011
OUTGOING PARLIAMENT APPROVES FUNDING FOR NEW ENTEBBE HIGHWAY
The parliamentary session in Kampala (of the soon to be retired outgoing house – when it makes way for the newly elected members) – made a landmark decision to approve the proposed funding for the Entebbe highway. Government is now able to conclude a loan agreement with China over 350 million US Dollars, which will help to design the new highway, acquire land where necessary and then build it, connecting the ‘Northern Bypass’ to a new routing around the present major emerging population centres at the ‘old route’. The two highways will join just outside the municipality but will have several access points, notably near Lweza / Kajjansi from where a lakeside road will then lead to the Munyonyo side of the city, and from near Abaita Ababire, home of Nkumba University and the last centre outside Entebbe itself.
From where the ‘two’, the old and new highway meet, a dual carriage section will be added to allow swifter traffic to the international airport, but widening that section will require some major land and building acquisitions which are thought to be a challenge, in terms of both cost and the speed required to complete the project within the planned time frame.
There was expressed unease though by several parliamentarians over certain terms of the loan agreement, which also included the use of a Chinese consulting firm and a Chinese construction company, preventing any competitive bidding for the project and thereby setting aside the Ugandan procurement laws altogether. The loan, with a grace period of five years, is repayable over a twenty year period and the income from the toll road will be used towards repayment and maintenance. Subject to land acquisition construction is set to start in 2012 and could be completed by 2015, staying with the grace period during which no payments to the Chinese state bank are due.
SHS 800BN FOR NEW KAMPALA - ENTEBBE ROAD
By JOYCE NAMUTEBI and CYPRIAN MUSOKE
THE Government wants to borrow US$350m (over sh800b) from the Export-Import Bank of China to fund the proposed Kampala-Entebbe Expressway in a bid to decongest Kampala city. The request was tabled in Parliament earlier this week by state minister for investment, Aston Kajara, and will be scrutinised by the relevant committee, which will make a report to the House. The Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is part of the measures to decongest the Central Business District and enhance trade movement through, within and out of the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area, a brief in Parliament stated. The statement noted that urban congestion is increasing in Kampala at an estimated rate of 4.5% annually with increased motorisation, Kampala is facing heavy traffic jams, especially during the peak hours. The project involves construction of a new highway starting from Busega-Mityana junction and would end at Entebbe airport. The expressway will join the existing Kampala-Entebbe Road at Abayita Ababiri and will also include a 14.1km spur to Munyonyo. Responding to concerns of members, Works and transport minister, John Nasasira explained that the Kampala-Entebbe Road can no longer accommodate current traffic. He added that both the old and new roads would be used concurrently. He added there would be a toll for the new road.