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Uganda Constructs New Highway Linking Moroto to Kenya

The Lokitanyala road will be upgraded to Bitumen II grade and will have at least two bridges, drainage channels and culverts. The contract is an extension of the job done on the Soroti – Katakwi-Moroto road section at a total cost of about 646.8 billion Shillings. The first section was completed in November 2019.
18 Jun 2021 09:19
Off Moroto - Lokitanyala - Kitale Road. Construction underway

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Construction of  a new highway connecting Moroto district in Uganda to Lokitanyala is underway. Lokitanyala is a border crossing from Uganda to Kenya’s main town of Kitale.

Eng. James Benjamin Enyuku, the Uganda National Roads Authority -UNRA Deputy Resident Engineer says activities on the road have started with the design review to meet the transport needs of the community considering that Moroto town is a fast-growing regional city.

Eng. Enyuku said the contractor; China Railway 3 Group company Limited, is mobilizing equipment and materials to the site in order to undertake the contract for 30 months. He adds that there are limited claims for compensation on the  42-kilometre stretch, an indicator that the work will go according to plan.

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The Lokitanyala road will be upgraded to Bitumen II grade and will have at least two bridges, drainage channels and culverts. The contract is an extension of the job done on the  Soroti – Katakwi-Moroto the road section at a total cost of about 646.8 billion Shillings.  The first section was completed in November 2019.

Moroto district Chairperson David Koriang is excited and optimistic that once complete,  the road will ease the movements of people, goods and services and spur development between the Karamoja region and its neighbours in West Pokot, Kenya.

“We still have incidents of insecurity. This road will ease the movement of the security personnel once it's complete.  The road will also bring economic benefit to Moroto and Uganda at large,”  Koriang said, in an interview with Uganda Radio Network.

Currently, the Tororo Cement factory uses the road to access limestone in Kosiroi, but the huge potholes on the road and pose a serious challenge during the rainy season. During the heavy rains in May, the road was cut off for days when water overlapped the bridge at Kampswahili in Moroto town.

During the dry season, visitors and residents endure dust, pushing some of the drivers to go through Amudat in order to dodge the bad state of the Moroto-Lokitanyala road. Mary Loma, a resident of Kampwahili says that the road has never received any major works since the fall of the Obote administration more than three decades ago.

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