Uganda, South Sudan to construct road-link
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Dec 22, 2008 - 7:16:08 PM
|Uganda, South Sudan to construct road-link
|Monday, 22nd December, 2008
Nasasira (left) talks to Capt. Tut during a meeting about the Kaabong-Lotukei road
By Joel Ogwang
THE governments of Uganda and South Sudan have agreed to open a road link through Kaabong in north-eastern Uganda to boost cross-border trade.
He said the Uganda and South Sudan governments signed an agreement to link their roads and railway systems to foster development.
Under the accord, the two states will fund the upgrading of the road. Uganda has committed $4.5m to open the 44km Kaabong-Lotukei border point road in the 2009/10 fiscal year, said works minister John Nasasira.
Nasasira also said alternative routes from Kaabong would be surveyed and the most viable one worked on.
He added that work on other border roads like Gulu-Nimule-Arua, Oraba and Yei was on-going.
Nasasira was speaking at the Uganda-South Sudan border during a visit to the Karamoja sub-region recently.
He said in August, the two states agreed to build a railway line and have aircrafts fly between them.
Dodoth county MP Fr. Simon Lokodo noted that South Sudan had presented Ugandans with a vast market for her agricultural products.
“Time has come for the two states to work on social development and exchange services and resources. A well-developed road infrastructure is necessary for both communities to work together,” he said.
Capt. Thomas Tut, the Lotukei SPLA brigade commander, said the Kaabong-Lotukei road would make it easy for food to be transported to Lotukei.
“Food from Uganda goes through Nimule and much of it is sold before it reaches Lotukei. We want more food,” Tut said.
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