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Thousands race to witness new Nile Bridge in Uganda

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<p><strong>Thousands of people on Wednesday rushed to the opening of a new 525-metre long bridge spanning the Nile River in southern Uganda.</strong> </p> <p>Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni officially opened the new 525-metre long bridge spanning the Nile River in southern part of the country. </p> <p>Museveni cut a ribbon to open the bridge in the town of Jinja, which has been dubbed ‘The Source of the Nile’ bridge.</p> <p>The structure was funded by a $112 million loan from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.</p> <p>Local media reported that many people travelled from neighbouring towns to be amongst the first to cross.<br /> Masahisa Sato, the State Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan, was also present at the ceremony.</p> <p>Jinja thoroughfare that the bridge connects is a busy import-export route for Uganda through Kenya and, as such, provides the economic lifeline for the landlocked country.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Museveni commissions first suspended cable bridge in Uganda <a href="https://t.co/vX974tll2q">https://t.co/vX974tll2q</a></p>— mic (@MicahMula) <a href="https://twitter.com/MicahMula/status/1053178880662609920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It is hoped the bridge will become a new tourist attraction for the area being the fifth longest cable bridge in Africa.</p>
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