Friday, June 12, 2009

Corruption-Uganda's roads need a check

www.works.go.ug as a source the Northen by-pass is ascandal that defeats corruption logic. I wonder whether we should even debate about it using a service delivery angle or corruption one? Read on
"The Kampala Northern Bypass project commenced on 20th May 2004 and was to last period of 30 months up to 19th November 2006, which date has been already exceeded by nine and a half months up to 4th September 2007.
The project, funded jointly by the European Union (EU) together with the Government of Uganda at a cost of about eighty four billion Uganda Shillings (UGX 83.9 Billion), equivalent to thirty seven million Euros (ER 37.3 million).

The project is being is implemented in a staged approach. The works being carried out under this project comprise the construction of 21 kilometers of road, of which 17.5 km is single carriageway road and 3.5km of dual carriage way road between Hoima Road and Gayaza Road. In the future, the entire road will be of dual carriage, already provided for by the existing bridge-sets
The Kampala Northern Bypass is intended to partly relieve the current severe traffic congestion experienced in the City of Kampala and also to serve as part of a wider programme to reduce the transportation constraints along the northern corridor route for both national and regional road transport.
The main contractor in SALINI Construttori with Spencon Services Limited and Stirling Civil Engineering Limited as sub-contractors. The Supervising Engineer is BCEOM of Guyancourt, France, while the Supervisor on behalf of the Government of Uganda is the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU), under the Ministry of Works and Transport.
The bypass commences at Busega-Masaka Road Roundabout and proceeds for approximately 200meters north along the Mityana Road. It then heads north east and follows the edge of the Lubigi Swamp. It skirts north of Lubya Hill and crosses Hoima Road at Nnamungoona. The alignment then passes Kawaala Hill behind Makerere Hill, before reaching Bombo Road at its junction with Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road. The route then runs through Bwaise and south of Kyebando Hill before crossing the swamp again to Bukoto, Kigoowa and Nsimbi Ziwoome, to the south of Kkulambiro Hill. From Kkulambiro, the route crosses over to Kiwatule, Kamidi before crossing Jinja Roasd at Ntebettebe opposite Nelson Mandela National Stadium, Nambole.

The project is part of Government of Uganda's Ten Year Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP), covering the period, originally prepared during 1995 and 1996.

The Programme listed major highway schemes and anticipated the setting up of an autonomous Road Agency to implement and monitor the Programme. In February 2000, the Government of Uganda, with the support of the European Union commissioned M/s BCEOM French Engineering Consultants to conduct a feasibility study and to prepare a design for the Kampala Northern Bypass, a final report and detailed design of which were submitted in May the same year. This being a new road passing through a built up environment, land had to be acquired by the Government of Uganda."

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