9 December 2008

Uganda: Chinese Firm to Construct 41 Kilometres Semuto-Matugga Road

Kampala — A Chinese firm, China Tonguing International Construction Corporation (CICO) is set to upgrade the Semuto-Matugga Road.

This follows the signing of an agreement in Semuto town on Tuesday.

The 41km gravel road that traverses the districts of Wakiso, Mpigi and Nakaseke is to be constructed at sh37.9b and is expected to be complete by August 2010.

The project is jointly funded by the Uganda Government, which will contribute 65% of the cost, and the Nordic Development Fund.

Peter Sebanakitta, the executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority, signed on behalf of the Government while Mr. Niahong, the national director of CICO, signed on behalf of the contractors. Works minister John Nasasira presided over the signing.

The Chinese firm has already established a camp in Semuto.

COWI, a Danish Consultancy firm will supervise the work.

Nasasira said implementation of the project had delayed because there was difficulty in acquiring funds.

He assured people, whose property will be destroyed in the course of implementing the project, that they would be compensated.

Nasasira said the road was President Yoweri Museveni's Christmas gift to the people of Nakaseke and thanked them for their patience and unwavering support for the NRM Government.

Sebanakitta said a section of the road will be used as a pilot project for trials in innovative technologies for improved road construction.

He said the aim of the trials was to find ways of constructing cheaper and more durable all-weather roads.

Sebanakitta said they would develop guidelines for implementing the innovations on other roads in Uganda.

He said the work will involve improvement of the alignment, drainage and safety for the road users.

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