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The unbelievable facts about the Entebbe express highway

An aerial view of Entebbe-Expressway (Photo Courtesy of Entebbe Airport Transfers)

Ugandans were awakened to a shocking statistic by the media indicating that the toll gate collections at the world’s most expensive road: the Kampala-Entebbe expressway hit the UGX 250 million ($70,884 )mark in 3 days! The statistic is very doubtable and can only be taken with a pinch of salt given the unreliability and invalidity of the figures. Going by the UGX 250 million ($70,884) translates into the following business assumptions;


Average toll fees per vehicle/route   

UGX 5,000 ($1.42)

Revenue in three days

UGX 250,000,000 ($70,884)

Revenue per day

UGX 83,333,000 ($23,628)

No. of vehicles (routes) that raise UGX 250m


No. of vehicles/routes per day


No. of Active hours per day


Revenue per hour

UGX 6,941,666 ($1,968)

Active number of vehicle/routes per hour


Active number of vehicles/routes per minute


By 2021, Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport registered 2,302,021 million vehicles. Whereas it could be true that the said number of vehicles could have used the expressway, it doesn’t make business logic to have realized such returns in 3 days. These figures are a given no-no and every fact about the toll gate collections is out of the ordinary because if so, it would imply that the road business has the best returns in the country.

Facts about the Kampala-Entebbe Express Way

Construction of the Entebbe Expressway took six years from July 2012 and was opened in June 2018. It is on record as the world’s most expensive road construction of all time amongst all known highways going at UGX 476 million ($1.679 trillion).  It is a four (4) lane road with 2 lanes either way and runs through 2 districts of Kampala and Wakiso. It starts from Entebbe International Airport, through Mpala, Akright City, Kajjansi, Kabojja, and Busega. It has 3 three toll plazas at Kajjansi, Busega, and Mpala with a total of 16 toll gates. It is 37.23 km from Busega to Entebbe and 13 km from Kajjansi to Munyonyo making it a total of 51.1 km.

The expressway has 19 overhead bridges and 18 underground bridges. Nambirigwa bridge is the longest with 240 underground concrete and steel poles with a depth of 55 meters each. The road has a lifespan of 100 years.

The contractor for the expressway was China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and was constructed using credit from the Government of China through Exim Bank and UGX 1.3 billion ($350 million) and UGX 4.5 billion ($126 million) contributed by Government of Uganda. The total cost for the contactor was UGX 1.7 trillion ($476 million).  The loan is to be paid in 40 years.

On average expressways, such as this are built at a cost of UGX 7.3 billion ($2 million) per kilometer. However, a kilometer of the Kampala-Entebbe expressway cost UGX 3.31 billion ($9.2 million). If the expressway was constructed with the average cost, the same amount of money would be used to construct 4 similar roads in length, width, and nature.

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