Government defends the decision to fund the construction of a rad of 223 km inside the Democratic Republic of Congo saying it will help boost Ugandan trade.
The decision was taken by cabinet last week but was already agreed upon by the DRC President H.E Felix Tshisekedi who held financial talks with President Museveni last year.
The road will be constructed from Kasindi section at the border to Benni and it will also involve construction of the road to connect to Butembo and Bunagana.
Minister Works and Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala says following the announcement, some stakeholder wonder why priority is given to a road in another country when some parts of Uganda do not have good roads.
He tells journalists today at the media center hat this project is strategic for
“This infrastructure between us and DRC is a bilateral and regional obligation. That does not mean that we are not cognizant of the fact that we still have infrastructure to develop in our country and therefore divert resources.
Our industries are producing and therefore we must be able to find the market for the products and so that will help us to promote trade.
That will enable to goods to move faster because for some of you if any any of you have been engaged in the other side of DRC, it can take you about five days to move from Kasindi to Benny which is about 54 km.
It is a nightmare! and most of the trade that goes on there is actually I support of our industries and investments.”