The Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering Design for the Tanzania – Uganda Road Project have been concluded.
The road, which stretches from Masaka – Kyotera - Mutukula/Mutukula – Kyaka and Bugene – Kasulo – Kumunazi, is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the NEPAD-IPPF facility.
In November 2017 the EAC Secretariat signed a Financing Agreement of US$1,151,515 with the AfDB to finance the Project Preparation Phase of three key Multinational Road Sections between Masaka in Uganda to Kumunazi in Tanzania.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the designs report, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Planning and Infrastructure Eng. Steven Mlote said that the purpose of the multinational road network is to facilitate the development of the regional road transport market in the East African region.
Eng. Mlote disclosed that the EAC Secretariat will now focus on mobilization of funds to construct the road, as well as cooperation with other regional, continental and global efforts to improve road transport services and safety.
The designs, done by M/S LEA International Limited from Canada in a joint venture with LEA Associates Asia Pvt Ltd from India, covered 89.5 kilometers of the Masaka to Mutukula road section in Uganda; a 30 km section from Mutukula to Kyaka linking to a 133 km Tanzania section from Bugene to Kumunazi via Kasulo.
According to Mlote, the detailed designs of the 400km long Malindi – Lunga Lunga and Tanga – Bagamoyo road between Kenya and Tanzania have been completed and the AfDB has agreed to finance the project at the cost of US$322 million.
In addition, the detailed designs of the 250 km Nyakanazi – Kasulu – Manyovu road in Tanzania which links to the 78 km Rumonge – Bujumbura road in Burundi; and the 92 km Lusahunga – Rusumo road in Tanzania linking to the 70 km Kayonza – Kigali road in Rwanda have also been completed.