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Uganda Concludes Talks with EU, AFDB on Kampala-Jinja Expressway Funding

Muleme says construction of the expressway is expected to start within 12 months after a contractor has been sourced. The process to get a contractor for the road is ongoing.
Uganda has concluded talks with the European Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the French Development Agency (AfD) on funding the construction of the 95-kilometer Kampala-Jinja expressway.

The EU, AfDB and AfD will jointly contribute USD $400 million out of the total cost estimated at 1.1 billion dollars, nearly four trillion Shillings.  According to Patrick Muleme, the Head of Design at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), the three donors will provide the 400 million dollars in form of loans and grants.

Muleme says private investors are also expected to contribute 300 million dollars with government footing the rest of the money. Muleme says construction of the expressway is expected to start within 12 months after a contractor has been sourced.

The process to get a contractor for the road is ongoing. Construction of the Kampala-Jinja expressway will be built in two phases. According to Muleme motorists will be charged for using the expressway, a major artery not only for Uganda but the Great Lakes Region.

Speaking in an earlier interview with journalists, the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, said government is keen on having the Kampala-Jinja expressway start as soon as possible. Kasaija also expressed disappointment with the delays on the construction of the Kampala-Entebbe expressway occasioned by litigation.

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