The Congolese President, Félix Tshisekedi, and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, launched the construction of the Kasindi-Beni-Butembo and Bunagna-Rutshuru-Goma roads on Wednesday. The launch of the construction works of these roads of common interest is part of the strengthening of cooperation between the two states.
The Kasindi-Beni-Butembo, and Bunagana-Rutshuru-Goma roads, linking Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be upgraded. The launch of the construction work was made on Wednesday 16 June 2021 by the Congolese head of state, Felix Tshisekedi, and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni. According to the communication service of the DRC presidency, « the three roads to be built or upgraded in the inaugurated project are Kasindi – Beni: 85 km, Beni – Butembo: 54 km and Bunagana – Goma: 89 km.
The work will be carried out by an Indian road construction company based in Uganda. « The total cost of the work is about 300 million dollars. The Indian company will finance 60% of the work, while Uganda and the DRC will each contribute 20%, » explained the DRC Presidency’s communication service.
According to the same source, the construction of these roads of common interest is part of the commercial framework. It prepares the Democratic Republic of Congo’s accession to the Community of East African Countries (EAC). It thus opens the way to the market of this region to the DRC.
It should be noted that relations between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have not been good for several decades. The accession of Felix Tshisekedi marked a new turning point in the strengthening of relations between the two states. For the Congolese head of state, the construction of these roads « will increase not only trade between our two countries but also economic activities and the fight against insecurity, » he said, adding that the creation of « other similar projects » « will promote economic and fraternal exchanges between our two peoples.