Uganda: China’s Road Construction Creating Dependence and Massive Debt

Construction of the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway is ongoing. Uganda says the four-lane road is the jewel in the crown of an infrastructure programme that will boost economic growth but critics accuse the government of squandering debt relief and mortgaging much-anticipated oil revenues before crude starts to flow in 2020. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI | NMG
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China has loaned Uganda hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to build new roads. However, some Ugandans question the benefit of these projects. Most of the construction is performed by Chinese companies, and it is the Ugandan taxpayer who ultimately bears the burden of paying off the loans. Halima Athumani has more on the story from Kampala.
– Francis Mukasa I VOA