03 October 2019

Construction of the 74-km Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga road
in the central region of the republic of Uganda is over 70% complete. This is
according to the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) head of corporate communications, Mark Ssali.

“Approximately 54 km of the road has been tarmacked
and we expect the remaining 20 km to be tarmacked as well, by the end of this
year.” said Ssali.

Implemented by a consortium, composed of Solel Boneh International and Reynolds Construction Company, the project began about five years ago at a cost
of close to US $77m.

Even though incomplete, the Mukono-Katosi-Nyenga
road has so far had tremendous positive impacts on the towns it passes through.
For instance, it has decongested and reduced the possibilities of road
catastrophes on the accident-prone Kampala-Jinja highway by creating an
alternative route for motorists. It has also created another route, the
Mukono-Kayunga-Njeru road, connecting to the eastern part of the country.

Passengers can now access vehicles plying the route
at any given time and traders have something to smile about as it is currently
taking them shorter time to get their products to the markets.

The Buikwe District chairperson, Mathias Kigongo,
said that due to the tarmacking of the road a lot of people are purchasin plots
along the route while others have developed trading centres, with new and
well-planned buildings.

Milly Kinaalwa, the councillor representing
Nkokonjeru, Ssi-Bukunja and Ngogwe sub-counties in Buikwe said that those who
were compensated for their land have built permanent residential structures
giving the area a new look.

“What was once a remote Bukunja area has transformed into a modern one, where people are yearning to live,” Kinaalwa commented.

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