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Insecurity slowing down Uganda-DR Congo road works - Dott Services

UPDF soldiers keeping guard in DRC during road works

UPDF soldiers keeping guard in DRC during road works

The construction of Kasindi-Beni road in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being hampered by the limited security in the area, according to the project contractor.

The joint Uganda-DRC road construction project in eastern Congo consists of 80-kilometre in the Kasindi section at the border to Beni. It also covers the 54-kilometre integration of the Beni-Butembo stretch, and the Bunagana to Rutsuru-Goma road which measures 89 kilometres.

Eng Ananthula Nagendra, the project coordinator from Dott Services Limited says they are working in short phases because they were guided to limit their operation to a network of only 20kms because it’s what the UPDF and Congolese forces can secure at a time.

He says they are first working on the 20km stretch from Kasindi to Uulu and from Beni side to Paidha. Nagendra is asking for deployment of more troops to secure the entire road network so that they can work effectively according to their engineering mapping.

“This is the only challenge we so far have. UPDF limited us to work on only 20kms stretch from Kasindi to Ululu because of shortage of manpower in security and this might slow down our work,” says Nagendra.

The project engineer says they anticipate to complete the work in 15 months but this might also depend on the security situation in the area. He adds that they have so far put up camp sites, cleared the bushes and did leveling and filing on a 20km stretch from Kasindi to Ululu and Beni to Paidha.

“We have created three camp sites here at Kabirizi and another at Lubiriha and Beni to work as fabrication, culvert production and a dumping sites," he added.

Bob Mukembo, the in-charge of Mpondwe immigration department is also requesting for more troops on the ground to eliminate the ADF rebel threats. He argues that the number of traders entering Uganda through Mpondwe has slightly reduced due to the surge of rebel attacks along the route.

“People are still not free to move, traffic flow is picking up but not to the expected level," noted Mukembo.


0 #1 kabayekka 2022-05-23 18:22
The Uganda public in this country is only waiting for the so called Members of the Uganda Parliament to continue to wake up from the dream of building a M7 dynasty in Uganda.

They need to formulate and to serve a no-confidence vote against this miserable long serving government that is well wrapped up in rampant national corruption that has no end in sight to it!

The economy of Uganda is on the brink of collapse and the Uganda Army is busy and fully occupied in developing the Congo infrastructure and paying its debts to this huge African country?
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0 #2 WADADA rogers 2022-05-23 21:09
This excuse was expected, but one wonders why such monies were allocated aware there was insecurity in Congo, it is a known fact
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0 #3 Lakwena 2022-05-24 08:46
What an absurdity! Since when are good roads or anything constructed amidst armed conflict and/or gun point?

In other words, this is one of the many means to swindle our sweat and blood money and give a litany of excuses and request for more money.

E.g., since November 2021 and at the rate UShs.260 million per day spent on maintaining the UPDF in theDR Congo Jungle; when will the mission come to an end?

Otherwise, under the criminal and wasteful leadership of Gen Tibuhaburwa, Uganda is a cursed country!

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