Museveni launches Uganda’s iconic bridge across the Nile

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has officially launched a 525-metre long bridge, dubbed The New Source of the Nile Bridge, in the southern town of Jinja.

The $112m (£85m) cable-stayed bridge was funded by a loan from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

It is the second of its kind in East Africa after Tanzania’s 680m-long Kigamboni Bridge, which was commissioned a fortnight ago.

 

Samuel Muhoozi, the Director of Roads and Bridges at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), said the bridge could become a major tourist attraction.

 

“One of the aims of constructing this bridge was enhancing tourism with the addition of this iconic signature bridge in this picturesque location,” he was quoted by the state-linked New Vision newspaper as saying.

The bridge is expected to have a life span of 120 years.

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