BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI, 19TH MAY,2022- Kenya’s former Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Raila Odinga is in South Sudan to commission a 3.6 km bridge that will connect Juba to the rest of the East Africa region.
Raila who is also African Union (AU) High Representative for Infrastructure Development jetted out Wednesday after launching the Affordable Housing project in Kisumu.
The Azimio la Umoja presidential flagbearer Kenya Ambassador was received by South Sudan Major General Samuel Nandwa and Roads Minister Simon Mijak Mijok.
Raila who Thursday morning met President Salva Kiir, hailed the progress the country has made in infrastructure development.
“It’s always a pleasure meeting South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit. I am happy at the strides they’re making regarding infrastructure and their willingness to cooperate even more robustly with the rest of Africa. We wish him and the people of this nation all the best.” He tweeted.
The mega project that will officially open for use in July started in 2015 following the signing of 52 million U.S. dollars grant between South Sudan and the government of Japan.
The bridge will relieve the Juba Bridge from traffic congestion and enhance the transportation of goods across the Nile.
It is the only one connecting South Sudan to the East African countries where the country imports thousands of tons worth of goods every year.