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Ugandan president commissions Gulu-Juba highway


May 10, 2012 (JUBA) - Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday officially commissioned the long-awaited construction of the Gulu-Nimule highway, which will directly link Uganda to the Republic of South Sudan with a paved road for the first time.

The construction of the 104km highway, reportedly delayed due to tender disputes, will be undertaken by China Henan International Cooperation Group Limited.

An estimated $36m (sh89bn) has been earmarked for the project, which is expected to be completed in August 2014. The project will have two phases; with the first covering the construction of the Gulu-Atiak road, while the second phase will cover Atiak-Nimule road.

“We are here to launch the construction of Gulu-Atiak road and later on Atiak-Nimule road. This is what I promised you during the elections. Northern Uganda will be rehabilitated; but also developed. When we talk of rehabilitation we mean repairing all the old infrastructures. NRM is not only talking of repairing the old infrastructures but also building new ones,” Museveni said in a statement.

Upgrading the road from gravel to tarmac, Museveni said, will attract foreign investors and thus improve the Uganda’s direct foreign investment.

Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, the World Bank country manager for Uganda, said the commissioning of the road project clearly “demonstrates that World Bank’s lending is bearing some fruits.”

Apart from funding the road construction, Ndiaye said the world’s largest financial institution is already exploring ways of supporting road safety mechanisms through the establishment of a National Roads Safety Authority (NRSA).

Tarmacking of the Gulu-Juba highway, analysts say, will enhance South Sudan’s integration into the East African Community (EAC); a regional body that currently comprises Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi as member states.


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  • 11 May 2012 08:22, by zulu

    Great job South Sudan government. Juba Nimule road is in accordance to the international standard, wide and smooth with less hills to meander. The spectular winding road on Mount Gordon gives a picturesque sight of the river Nile. I love driving through Gordon in memory of the inihilation of Beshir’s troops in 1994. SPLA Oyee.

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    • 11 May 2012 09:49, by Abyei Soil

      The road was not good the time I last passed there, it ’s look like dilapidated kind of road by the govt but good enough Yoweri M7 has put forward this programme to tarmac it though it’ll take that amount of time to make a complete job. I hope our govt will looks to the same and construct Juba Bahr el Gazalle road. This will reduce the level of live stocks rustling as the communities around there

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      • 11 May 2012 09:52, by Abyei Soil

        ...there will be prompted by this move to concentrate on economic activities rather than benefiting on neighbourhood’s properties. Thanks to M7.

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        • 11 May 2012 10:06, by BM-21

          president Yori of Uganda you are always fullfil your promise to your people of uganda standstill 100% No Change!!!!

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          • 11 May 2012 16:08, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

            May i ask you who killed the great African hero Dr. Garang? pls in your reply refer to all technical and the legal justified reasons?!

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          • 11 May 2012 16:09, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

            Moreover who killed the great Kabella?

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  • 11 May 2012 13:58, by Mayol Mach

    This is wonderful!!

    The long awaited road is now in process and the time being wasted is going to be compensated as well as money.
    Thanks Mr. President M7 for this great deal. We shall now be travelling freely on the road without delays.

    It is a great sign of development between the two Nations.

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    • 11 May 2012 16:17, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      That is Jewish plan to control the river Nile as per their falsification they added to the holy Torah.Hitler was fanatic Catholic not dictator as stated by the Jews. Hitler was fighting the enemies of Jesus.

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      • 11 May 2012 16:53, by equtoria helped

        did i tell you to speak DOG?!

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      • 11 May 2012 18:20, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

        shut up mohammed!? Whatever you try to say here will not work. Because South Sudanese know how the ARAB(Muslims) of Khartoum think and the opposite is not true!!!

        God bless South Sudan!!!

        SPLA oyeee!

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  • 11 May 2012 17:25, by Legacy Elite

    I don’t know who killed Loran Kabela, but I know Museveni NEVER killed Dr Garang. Those who suspect Mu7i are wrong. MUSEVENI is a freedom fighter, pan-African and a hero, he cannot kill his close friend Garang. As all friends do, they could have had different views sometimes but it doesn’t mean they can kill each other, never. Beshir did it ! legacy_elite@yahoo.com

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  • 11 May 2012 19:49, by panom lualbil

    One new highway entering south sudan means more business plus stronger relationship. Thank you so much PRESIDENT MU7.

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  • 12 May 2012 02:13, by solider

    both s.sudan and uganda r landocked.both of u belong to each other

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  • 12 May 2012 02:19, by solider

    real economical activity is through a seaport,that why dr.GARANG never thought about seperation and if he was alife he won’t accept the seperation.his aim was the NEW SUDAN

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    • 12 May 2012 19:28, by panom lualbil

      But he signed CPA into REFRENDUM where ppl of SOUTHERNERS [not GARANG] have had RIGHT and chose SELF-DETERMINATION. GARANG was still alive through the process of CPA, REFRENDUM untill separation of south sudan. So where this guy have been at ? Take this in plain ENGLISH, REFRENDUM signed by GARANG means southerners have to choose SEPARATION or UNTIY and GARANG won’t control nobody over it !

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      • 12 May 2012 19:49, by panom lualbil

        But anyway, I agreed with you that Seaport means more business to south sudan. Because the reason our country still poor now was that there is no seaport to export oils. But if we had fought for unity, we would have won it MILITAARILY, and we should have freedom of impunity [no bashir’s militias] and rich economy. But being coward, greedy it caused us pay back now. Or do you enjoy freedom now ?

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