Uganda and DR Congo launch joint road projects

Africa

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi have launched the construction of road projects between the two countries.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the works took place in Uganda’s western border town of Mpondwe in Kasese district and Kasindi in the DR Congo’s North Kivu province.

In a joint statement, the two heads of state said the developments would transform the lives of the people in the two countries.

They emphasized the importance of strengthening co-operation in areas of security, energy, trade and investment, management of trans-boundary waters, petroleum and minerals.

In May this year, the two countries signed an agreement for three roads projects totaling 223km.

Uganda will contribute 20% of the total cost of the project estimated at $334.5 million and its soldiers will protect the contractors. DR Congo will meet the rest of the costs.

The Ugandan parliament has already approved $62 million to fund it.

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