WAKISO – Motorists who do not wish to part with money have been asked to stay off the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.
While commissioning the 51-km Expressway, President Yoweri Museveni, in the company of China’s Prime Minister Wanga Yanga, at Mpala toll centre on Friday asked motorists who do not wish to pay the toll to continue using the old roads.
“This is a toll road, those who don’t like to part with money, continue using the old roads,” Mr Museveni said.
Uganda’s first toll Express highway connecting the Capital Kampala to Entebbe and the route to the country’s international airport will now reduce the journey from Kampala to Entebbe from two hours to less than 40 minutes.
Motorists driving along the highway will be required to purchase tickets at a yet to be discussed fee, from toll centres that have been installed at different positions along the highway.
Mr Allan Ssempebwa, the Uganda National Roads Authority spokesperson told PML Daily that, the authority is in the process of procuring a technician who will manage the toll service on the highway.
” We are still discussing how much people will be paying, that discussion is still on, and once complete, we tell the public through the media. But for the process of paying, we are going to install toll centres,” Mr Ssempebwa explained.
Mr Museveni speaking at the commissioning of the project commended China’s farsighted leaders who liberalised their economy since 1978, revealing that construction of the highway is as a result of enhanced Chinese-African support.
“With this enhanced capacity, the Chinese government and Chinese companies have not wasted time coming to support Uganda,” the President said adding that the expressway is expected to reduce on the daily heavy traffic along the Kampala- Entebbe highway.
The President further said the construction of Kampala-Entebbe expressway is part of measures to decongest the Central Business District, to enhance trade movement through, within and outside greater Kampala metropolitan area financed by both government of Uganda and Exim Bank of China.