President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Wednesday launched the Source of the Nile Bridge, the longest bridge across any river in the East African Region.
At the launch, Museveni was in the company of first lady and education minister Janet Museveni and the Japan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sato Masahisa.
The Source of the Nile Bridge is 525m long, eight meters high and 22.9m wide.
It is four lane dual highway and has pedestrian walkways.
The bridge was one of the first projects to be completed within the set time. It took 48 months to complete.
What Museveni Said During the Launch of Source of the Nile Bridge Launch
The Government of Japan has been a close partner to us for a very long time. This Source of the Nile Bridge is one of our biggest project with them. We also help Japan by buying many of their cars.
Before Independence it was only cars from England here. Now, we have cars from many countries including Japan. It’s good therefore that they have also returned the favour to us with working with us on the Source of the Nile Bridge project.
I’m happy to note that the Source of the Nile Bridge project has been concluded with in the budget and in the right time of 48 months.
The new bridge is only for vehicles and pedestrians. Boda boda and bicycles riders, the Source of the Nile Bridge is not for your usage. Use the old one please.
I will return here for commissioning of a number of hydro electricity dams and so on. I congratulate the UNRA executive director and her team from for this marvellous job well done.
We need to pay our professional science specialists very well to keep doing for us this good work. People like engineers etc the rest of us will come later. You have seen the great job they have done with the Source of the Nile Bridge.