Uganda: Uganda-DRC road project contractor warned and urged to consider deadlines

The Minister of Works and Transport, General Katumba Wamala, has warned Dott Services Limited, the company that will build roads in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, to take into account the project’s specifications and deadlines.

Katumba made the remarks when speaking to reporters in the city of Goma last week after handing over two sites to the company.

The DRC has officially handed over crucial sites to Dott Services Limited, paving the way for the start of the long-awaited construction of the 223 km road network that will open the eastern part of the DRC to cross-border trade with Uganda.

“It is a pleasure and an honor for me to be here and to witness the handover of the site of this regional roads project which marks the beginning of the construction of three roads which connect Uganda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ”Katumba said.

During the state visit of the President of the DRC, Félix Tshisekedi in November 2019, it was agreed with President Museveni that the two countries would implement certain strategic infrastructure projects, including the construction and modernization of 1,182 km of main road network connecting the two countries. .

During the Quadripartite Summit held in February 2020 in Katuna, Uganda, as part of the Luanda process, the two heads of state reaffirmed their attachment to the joint construction or modernization of the road network connecting them and agreed to the implementation immediate joint implementation of a project.

The project covers the Mpondwe / Kasindi Beni road (80 km), the Bunagana – Rutshuru – Goma road (89 km) and the Beni – Butembo road (54 km) which have been designated as priority roads.

The project roads are part of strategic infrastructure projects, including the construction and modernization of 1,182 km of main road network connecting the two countries, which will be implemented by both countries in the short and medium term.

Katumba asked the contractor and the consultant to be attentive to the specifications and schedules of the project and to ensure that the requirements of our two governments are met.

“I would like to thank the project steering committee and the technical staff for the work accomplished to reach this critical stage. I also thank the governor of the province of North Kivu and all the local leaders for the support given to this very important project ”, declared Katumba.

He called on citizens of both countries to continue supporting the project.

“When the entrepreneur is hungry, feed him. When he is thirsty, give him water, when he needs a room, and give him a bed to sleep on. our livelihood and hire you, ”he said.

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