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Hoima-Kaiso Tonya road completed

A section of the road as it passes through Buseruka Trading Centre (Photo: F. Mugerwa)

A section of the road as it passes through Buseruka Trading Center (Photo: F. Mugerwa)

Construction of a 92-kilometer tarmac road that links Hoima town to the oil-rich Kaiso-Tonya area has been completed.

A team of officials from the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) inspected the road on Friday last week and later held a low key handover ceremony at the offices of Kolin Construction, the Turkish firm that has built the road, in Kabaale parish, Buseruka sub-county.

UNRA’s consultant for the road project, Mario Poli, handed over a completion certificate to Kolin Construction.

The road is part of several other infrastructural developments that the government is undertaking in the Albertine Region in preparation for oil production.

According to junior Energy Minister, Peter Lokeris, the road has already started facilitating easy movement of oil drilling equipment.

The road also provides easy access to the Kabwooya-Kaiso game reserve and Lake Albert, some of the major touristic destinations in the Bunyoro region, as well as a direct route to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Not priority

However, some leaders remain unhappy with the government’s decision to upgrade the road, arguing that other roads in the region are of more strategic importance.

According to Buliisa MP, Stephen Mukitale, government should have worked on the Kigumba-Masindi-Hoima-Kyenjojo road first and the Hoima-Biiso Wanseko one next, before upgrading the Hoima- KaisoTonya road.

Hon. Mukitale argues that the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road only serves the interests of the oil industry but not the strategic infrastructural needs of the region.

With Uganda poised to commence the development of its oil and gas resources, government is working emphatically to improve its road infrastructure to accommodate the massive influx of cargo into the country.

UNRA plans to upgrade over 500 kilometers of road in the Albertine Region. These include the Fort Portal-Bundibugyo-Semliki road which  is almost complete, Masindi-Kigumba-Hoima-Kabwoya (135 Km), Kabwoya-Kyenjojo, Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba (238 Km), Hoima-Wanseko (111 Km) and Masindi-Bukakata road which is still under design.

Report by our Hoima Correspondent