Kigali convention complex fly-over scrapped off design

KIGALI - The initial design to construct a fly-over above the Kigali Convention Complex site has been altered. This was revealed yesterday by Leopold Mukama, the Managing Director of Ultimate Concepts, the company responsible for the multi-million dollar project.
An artistic impression of the Kigali Convention Centre
An artistic impression of the Kigali Convention Centre

KIGALI - The initial design to construct a fly-over above the Kigali Convention Complex site has been altered.

This was revealed yesterday by Leopold Mukama, the Managing Director of Ultimate Concepts, the company responsible for the multi-million dollar project.

According to Mukama, the reason behind writing off the fly-over at the Kimihurura complex was because it would pose a problem of traffic jams, in the area surrounding the complex.

“We decided to scrap the fly-over off the complex’s design after realizing that it would cause a lot of traffic jams in the area. These changes will however, not affect the set up of the complex in anyway.”

“It would be very useful if at all something commercial came up across the site of the complex. We are trying to attract investors to make use of the vacant land near the parliament. Once it is used productively, then this fly over can always be built to link the two places,” he explained in a phone interview.

With regard to construction progress, he noted that the contractors have already set up warehouses at the site and apparently, other procedures such as mobilising equipment, fixing internet and electricity are in progress.

Three months back, the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) was contracted to undertake construction of the Rwf 128 billion project.

According to Mukama, the facility, which is set to be complete within 32 months, will comprise of a five star hotel with 292 rooms, a conference centre with capacity to accommodate 2500 people and office space.

BCEG is a top Chinese construction company, well known for the construction of China’s biggest terminal and Tanzania’s 60,000-seater national stadium.

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