Uganda commissions new Chinese highway to ease congestion

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and senior Chinese official Wang Yang on Friday commissioned a new toll road linking the capital to the country’s only international airport.

The four-lane, 51km “Kampala-Entebbe Expressway” is expected to cut the journey time on the currently congested route from several hours to around 30 minutes.

Wang, a member of the seven-member Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee, joined Museveni at a ribbon-cutting inauguration ceremony at a toll booth.

China’s Exim Bank lent $350m of the $476m cost.

The work, carried out by the China Communications Construction Company, began in 2012 and was due to have been completed last year.

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Critics complained about the cost and wrangles over compensation for land-owners forced the diversion of a section of the road.

Entebbe, on Lake Victoria, is the location of the president’s principal residence as well as a large UN base servicing the wider region.

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