The French government has pledged to contribute US$ 204m through its public bank and overseas development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) for the development of Kampala-Jinja Expressway in Uganda which is set to be constructed in 2017.
The AFD’s country representative, Ms Virgnie Leroy confirmed the reports and said that they will work with the Ministry of Finance to find allocation for the money since the project is one of the interesting and exciting initiatives by the Ugandan government.
“The project is one of the exciting undertakings by the government of Uganda and we are ready to offer them any help they need,” Ms Leroy said.
She further pointed out that there will be need to consider a number of aspects that will require financing including environmental studies, studies for the resettlement action plan and among others.
The development project is estimated to cost US$ 238m and the funds from AFD will fit in on the side of government through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
The Kampala-Jinja Expressway which is projected to be 77km will start from Nakawa in Kampala and connect to Jinja Township and sections of the road will have four to eight lanes at various points. For instance, there will be six lanes between Bweyogerere and Lugazi and a dual carriage between Lugazi and Jinja.
The construction of the Expressway will also go hand-in-hand with the building of the Kampala Southern Bypass which is an 18km road that will begin at Butabika on the eastern outskirts of Kampala and connect to the New Kampala-Jinja Expressway and finally end at Munyonyo the new Entebbe-Kampala Expressway which is under construction.
The Uganda National Roads Authority executive director, Ms Allen Kagina, said that they had planned to shop for a contractor in March but were faced with some challenges including the restructuring that was going on and the main one being the approval of the Resettlement Action Plan and the Environmental Impact Assessment plan. However, they currently are in process of securing a consultant to come and update it and they hope to go to the market later in the year and constructions to commence in early 2017.