Odinga and Kiir Commissions South Sudan’s Freedom Bridge.

Kenyas Raila Odinga is in Juba, South Sudan for the commissioning of a 3.6 km Bridge that will connect Juba to the rest of East Africa. The Information Minister Michael Makuei earlier announced that President Salva Kiir will be commissioning the bridge on Thursday, May 19.

The citizens of South Sudan have welcomed the opening of this news bridge today that was presided over by Raila Odings and President Kiir on Thursday.

This iconic Bridge connects Gumbo to Lologo and is expected to ease traffic on the Gumbo Bridge that has gone several repairs and limited passage of heavy trucks importing goods from East Africa.

In 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grants agreement with the Republic of South Sudan. The grants amounted to 4.1 billion yen; approximately US$52 million. Some of the grants were used for the construction of a new bridge over the White Nile River to relieve traffic congestion in Juba and improve the transportation capacity and connectivity of South Sudan.

The new proposed Freedom Bridge funded by (JICA) would be 560 meters long with sufficient width for both east and west bound traffic and a pedestrian sidewalk.

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan said “the new bridge will serve as a reminder to the people of South Sudan to maintain peace and be free from violence.” The project was put on hold at the end of 2013 due to what was effectively the outbreak of the South Sudanese civil war in the country.

On March 19, 2015, South Sudan President Salva Kiir ceremoniously broke ground in Juba on a Japanese-funded, $91-million project to build a new bridge across the River Nile. It is expected to be completed in 2018, and boost South Sudan’s economy.

Now complete, Freedom bridge will boost trade and service provisions to the country and East Africa at large.

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