Gov’t Starts Road Toll Collection On Kampala-Entebbe Expressway
By Uganda Online Media
President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Maj Tom Magambo who has been in the Internal Security Organisations(ISO) as the new police Criminal Investigations Director.
“President Museveni has promoted Private Tom Magambo to the rank of Major and appointed him Director Criminal Investigations of the Uganda Police Force,” the acting UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu said in a statement.
Kampala: The government of Uganda under the ministry of works and transport kicked off the collection of road tolls along the Kampala- Entebbe Expressway.
The move several government officials and other members of the public dig into their pockets to pay cash while others used their prepaid cards for the first time on the 51km road.
While officiating the ceremony on Saturday 8 January 2021, Minister for Works and transport Gen. Katumba Wamala noted that apart from being used to pay the $350 million loan from Exim Bank of China, the fees collected will be used to provide better services on the roads.
“The lights will be installed and you will enjoy driving on this road. Kampala-Jinja Expressway, Mpigi-Busega Expressway and more others are also coming. The same principles(of road tolling) will apply on those roads,” he said
Katumba further noted that paying for using roads will enable the government to get its own money to do other expensive projects by using its own funds and avoid excessive borrowing where the government ends up in chocking debts with overloaded interests.
“It’s a good experience that as Ugandans we’re contributing to the development needs of our economy. Right now, most of the money we use is borrowed. It is high time we started generating our own revenue to do these projects.” Katumba noted.
According to the payment plan, motorcycles with more than 400cc and not Boda Bodas will pay shs3000, light vehicles shs5000, medium goods vehicles(2-3axles) shs10,000, large goods vehicles and buses (4-5 axles) shs15000 while large goods vehicles will pay shs18000.
Additionally, weekly users will be given a 50% discount for seven-day return trips purchased in advance whereas monthly users will have up to 70% discount for 30 days return trips paid for in advance whereas electronic prepaid card users will have a 10% discount per trip.
Meanwhile, the presidential convoy, ambulances, and fire brigade will be exempted from paying the road toll for using the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.