The plan to tarmac the road from Moroto to Nakapiripiriti has been finalized and the contract to do the work was awarded to China Road and Bridge Cooperation according to Mr. Dan Alinange the communication manager for Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).
“Government has paid 20 % of the total cost for the project,” said Alinange.
It has also been reported that the Government of Uganda has funded the project 100% by itself.
He explained that currently the contractor is mobilizing land where to establish their camp in the two districts before work starts.
According to him work will start in March 2013. .
Karamoja region has been lagging behind in development because of the poor infrastructure like roads and access to power.
This has hindered the area to attract investors in the region since poor roads, darkness increase the cost of doing business in such places.
With improved road network this will help the Karamajongos who are participating in Agriculture now, to market their produce in nearby centers like Mbale and in Teso region.
This has been a big problem especially when it rains to market peoples produce.
It will show value for money which Government has been injecting in the region through the office of the Prime Minister under the Poverty Reduction and Development Programme (PRDP).
In the tourism circles, these news of course make headlines because the number of booked trips to Kidepo National park (which was also voted the 3rd best National park in Africa by the prestigious CNN travel website) will double because the problem of a bad road has been hampering the tourism business leading to trip cancellations and even some tour operators abandoning the excursions to Kidepo National Park altogether.
So the classical African Safari (which is never complete without a trip to Kidepo Natioanl Park) will now be in a complete mode!
The Road will Probably look like the Mbarara-Masaka Highway below: