By Jane Nambi
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is today, Wednesday 21 August, 2013 going to preside over a ceremony in which the construction of the Uganda-Sudan road is going to begin.
The road will be constructed with the help of a Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Company according to the transport and road minister, Abraham Byandala. “Travel between Kampala and Bibia at the border with South Sudan is still a nightmare with unacceptably long journey times. With the upgrading of this road, we hope to solve this problem and this will enhance the trade between Uganda and Southern Sudan,” Byandaala explained.
Construction, according to Mr. Byandaala, will be undertaken by the China Railway Wuju (Group) Corporation and supervision will be done by M/S LEA Associates and KOM Consult Ltd. “As you are aware, the NRM government has put a lot of emphasis on the development and maintenance of the country’s road network. Since 1986 to date, over 300km of major roads have been constructed or reconstructed. More roads will be constructed in the new few years in line with the party manifesto,” Byandaala explained.
More roads in the Greater North region which are going to be upgraded aslo include Gulu-Atiak, Vurra-Arua-Koboko-Oraba, Atiak-Addjumani-Moyo-Afogi and Olwiyo-Gulu-Kitgum, Kafu-Karuma-Kamdini-Gulu.