Linking Nations: Shs691 Billion Chinese Deal to Transform Masaka-Mutukula Road

PARLIAMENT, (UG)-The Government has asked Parliament to okay its Shs691 billion new deal with the Chinese firm, Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO), to work on five major roads in various parts of the country.

The roads to be reconstructed are Masaka-Mutukula road (89.5km) and Nyendo-Villa Maria (11km), while those to be upgraded are the access road to Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) barracks in Masaka and another to Masaka Industrial Park (both 3.5km long), as well as the 28.5km Kikagati-Kafunjo road.

Finance state minister (General Duties), Henry Musasizi, made the call yesterday while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on the National Economy.

Accompanied by Works and Transport Minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, Musasizi told the committee chaired by Bukedea County MP, Ikojo John Bosco, that the Shs691.68 billion will be prefinanced through a contract with CICO.

The major road from Masaka to Mukutula was built in the 1960s to link and boost trade ties and co-operation between Uganda, Tanzania and the rest of the East African partner states. However, it has deteriorated over the years, consistently affecting traffic flows, according to Paul Mpalanyi, the Kyotera County MP.

Musasizi also noted that the construction of the Masaka-Mutukula road will link the port in Dar es Salaam and facilitate the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).