President Museveni launches expansion of Northern bypass

Tuesday February 24 2015

By Monitor Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni on Monday launched the expansion of the 21Km Kampala Northern bypass into a four lane high way.
Mr Museveni, however, warned the communities around the bypass against stealing construction materials of road contractors.
The expansion of the bypass will cost about US dollars67m (about Shs218billion), 54.9% (Shs120billion) of which is a grant from the European Union (EU) while Shs49billion is a concessional loan from the European Investment Bank. Government contribution is Euros 15.4million (about Shs50 billion).
“These Europeans sometimes waste a lot of time talking about democracy. I am an expert on democracy. You were preaching to the choir,” Mr Museveni said.
The ground breaking ceremony was held at Namboole where the bypass starts. The road which is intended to reduce traffic jam in the city centre, crisscrosses several densely populated Kampala suburbs which include; Ntinda, Kalerwe, Bwaise and end sup at the Busega roundabout.
The bypass is part of the part of the northern corridor infrastructure development programme of the East African Community (EAC) which is aimed at easing transport and lowering the cost of doing business in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
According to President Museveni, improving power supply, road and railway networks will lower the cost of doing business and attract more foreign investors into the country.
According to the Works and transport minister, Mr Abraham Byandala, the expansion will see more flyover junctions constructed along the bypass and three new pedestrian bridges built and fenced to guarantee the safety of the pedestrians.