The New Times (Kigali)

18 August 2014

Rwanda: New Bridge to Boost Economic Activity in Gakenke District

Residents of Gakenke District are upbeat following the construction of a modern bridge along Base River, with many saying this will make it easier for them to get their agricultural produce to the market.

The old wooden bridge had made the river difficult to cross while some people had lost their lives after slipping off a small suspended wood over the stream and into the the river.

The 60-metre bridge is constructed in Gashenyi sector and links Nyakina and Rutenderi cells.

"The old bridge was made of just two logs and it was extremely hard to cross, especially with luggage. We barred children from crossing because some people had lost their lives," said Cecile Barakagirande, 78, an area resident.

Barakagirande says she lost three grand children at the bridge.

Base River is one of the main water bodies in the country, and it snakes across the northern part of the country.

Another resident, Marcel Bazimaziki, from Gashenyi Sector, said the bridge had facilitated movement of residents from both sectors, adding it would boost economic activity.

"The new bridge makes it easy for us to access markets not only in Gakenke but also in other districts," he said, adding that business had already started to boom.

The bridge was built by the district in partnership with Bridge to Prosperity, a US -based nongovernmental organisation that builds foot-bridges and trains people from developing countries to build pedestrian bridges.

Odette Uwitonze, the Gakenke district vice-mayor in charge of economic affairs, commended the new infrastructure, saying it was built to facilitate the transportation of goods from the area to the Base market of the neighbouring district of Rulindo and other marketplaces.

She urged residents to safeguard the bridge for durability.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.