The tarmacking of the 40-km Kabale –Muko Road, a section of the 98-km Kabale- Kisoro-Bunagana- Kyanika highway, has started. The Shs151 billion project is funded by the African Development Bank and the Government of Uganda.
When completed, the road is expected to boost regional trade because it links Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo at Bunagana. The same road also links Uganda with Rwanda through Kyanika. SBI International, a Swiss company, is building the road having won the contract in July 2007. The Managing Director, Shay Cameo, said his company will build a first class road despite the challenging mountain terrain and swamps.
Uganda National Roads Authority Communications Manager, Dan Alinange, said the authority made a few changes in the design by making more excavations on the hills to make the road stronger. Kisoro LC-V chairman, Dr. Philemon Mateke, said that the journey between Kisoro and Kabale that takes about four hours will soon be made shorter by three hours.
The Kabale-Kisoro road winds through a mountainous terrain with shaped corners on the edges of valleys. It is narrow, muddy and slippery during the rainy season. SBI International also built these roads: Nebbi-Arua, Karuma-Olwiyo, Kagamba-Rukungiri, Kasese-Kikorongo-Equator, and Hima-Kasese.