East Africa

How Uganda stands to benefit from DRC roads

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By Elizabeth Kamurungi

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday launched a 223km road project linking the two countries, with the   project envisioned to boost cross border trade, improve security and connectivity between the two countries.

According Mr Bageya Waiswa, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, the project was initiated with major objectives of boosting trade and commerce, addressing the issue of security, easing movement and welfare of the people, and strengthening relations between Kampala and Kinshasa.

At the ground breaking ceremony held at Mpondwe (Uganda) and Kasindi (DRC), President Museveni and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi said the infrastructure will transform the socio economic welfare of the citizens in both countries.

President Tshisekedi described the project as a reinforcement of relations between the two neighbouring countries.

 “I thank him [Museveni] for this initiative because it caters for the idea of the integration of our countries. As brothers, instead of looking to build walls, it is better to build bridges,” Mr Tshisekedi said.

“I am happy to be here for this project. Tshishekedi came with an open position because he does not want any suspicion with his neighbours. We are here to break ground for this project and ready for more projects,” Mr Museveni said.

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