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Entebbe Expressway Completion Pushed to May 2018

Allen Kagina, the executive director of Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA says that the road agency cannot beat the planned completion date due to unresolved land issues. Physical completion works for the road is currently rated at 75 percent progress.
UNRA Executive Director Allen kagina together with Uganda Media Center's Col. Shaban Bantariza. Looking on is Willy Bashasha, the Director Manifesito Impementation Office of the President.

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The completion of Entebbe Express Highway has been extended to May 2018, six months beyond the planned completion date of November 2017.

Allen Kagina, the executive director of Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA says that the road agency cannot beat the planned completion date due to unresolved land issues. Physical completion works for the road is currently rated at 75 percent progress. 

The four-lane toll highway will link Entebbe International Airport to Kampala. It starts at Entebbe International Airport and through Abayita Ababiri, Kajjansi, and t Busega, where it joins the Kampala Northern Bypass Highway. Another stretch of the highway branches off the highway at Kajjansi to connect to Munyonyo.

But Kagina says that while the contractor had worked at a good pace, delays in the release of funds, affected the compensation process in areas around Abayita Ababiri. She however adds that funds have now been released and the compensation is already underway.

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The update was given as the Ministry of Works and Transport provided a performance and accountability report detailing developments under the roads sector over the past one year of implementing the National Resistance Movement-NRM party manifesto. The NRM government promised to construct 2,225km roads with in the time period of five years

Engineer Monica Azuba, the Works and Transport Minister said that land acquisition is the major hindrance to the road construction sector and that most of the times issues of absentee landlords have continued to emerge derailing the process.

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The 38 kilometer expressway is funded jointly by the Government of Uganda, a soft loan from the EXIM bank of China totaling to USD 476 million (1.19 trillion Shillings).