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Three East African Countries to Introduce New Tolls to Pay Back China for Road Building Loans

Toll plazas have been built on the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway. Image via the Ugandan Ministry of Works & Transport.

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda have all announced plans to begin charging toll roads on certain expressways built with Chinese financing. The proposed fees, according to UK-based infrastructure industry publication ITS, is apparently intended to generate the necessary funds to repay Chinese lenders.

  • Uganda is to introduce a road toll on the Entebbe Expressway in January 2020.
  • Kenya intends to introduce tolling on the Thika Superhighway, Southern Bypass, Nairobi-Mombasa highway, JKIA-Westlands expressway and the yet-to-be-built second Nyali Bridge.
  • Tanzania wants to charge a toll on the Chalinze-Morogoro road which forms part of the 921km Tanzania–Zambia highway.

Read the full article on the ITS International website.

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