Moroto - Nakapiripirit Road Construction Commissioned

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President Museveni operates a grader at the ground breaking of Moroto- Nakapripirit road. Olandason Wanyama

President Museveni operates a grader at the ground breaking of Moroto- Nakapripirit road. Login to license this image from 1$.

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Works include upgrading the road to class II bitumen standard consisting of a 7- meter wide carriage with 1.5 meter wide shoulders on either side, according to Works and Transport Minister Eng. Abraham Byandala.

President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the long-awaited construction of Moroto – Nakapiriripirit road that will serve as a link between the two districts in Karamoja sub region.
 
Construction of the 93.3 kilometer road will cost UGX 184 billion. It is expected to be ready at the beginning of 2016.
 
Works include upgrading the road to class II bitumen standard consisting of a 7- meter wide carriage with 1.5 meter wide shoulders on either side, according to Works and Transport Minister Eng. Abraham Byandala.
 
Shoulders will be widened along trading centres and settlement areas to cater for pedestrians and cyclists. The road is also designed to have four modern bridges at Lorengedwat, Lokali, Amaler and Naitakwae villages, Byandala adds.

It’s anticipated that the road will reduce vehicle operating costs, improve trade in the Karamoja sub region and contribute considerably to the economic prosperity of the people in Karamoja.

The road is being constructed by China Road and Bridge Construction Corporation.

Byandala says government has earmarked UGX 4 billion for adequately compensating land owners along the road.  He says Uganda National Roads Authority will have the task to regularly monitor the construction progress of the road and adds that government will not tolerate any substandard work for the investment.

In his remarks, President Museveni assured the population in Karamoja that government intends to fix all roads in the sub region. He further encouraged the Karimojong to handover rifles in their possession to the security agencies as a means of pacifying Karamoja.

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.

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