President Yoweri Museveni has said that the move to construct roads in countries out of Uganda is meant to boost trade that can enable Uganda to get resources. He was speaking during the 58th Independence Day celebrations held at State House Entebbe on Friday.

MPs and a section of the public have expressed opposition and amazement at a proposal that will see Shs 200 billion earmarked in a supplementary budget for Uganda's contribution to the construction of 223 kilometres of roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This follows a bilateral agreement between Uganda and the DRC to implement strategic infrastructure projects. Uganda’s contribution constitutes 20 per cent of the total cost of the project estimated at $334.5 million. Uganda also plans to construct roads in South Sudan and Ethiopia according to the minister of Works General Katumba Wamala.

The president said that although many MPs questioned why Uganda was building roads in Congo yet it still has its own poor road network, the country needs to boost its trade with DR Congo and South Sudan by building better roads. He added that the matter should not be discussed in such a way to avoid 'annoying' Uganda's neighbours.