By Baluku Alex
Residents of Kasese District have largely welcomed the move by the government to support road infrastructure development in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
President Yoweri Museveni and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi on Wednesday commissioned the construction of roads in Eastern DRC, for which Uganda committed to injecting 243.7 billion Shillings under a bilateral agreement.
The move has largely been welcomed by traders and residents in Kasese.
Many are optimistic that a good road network will boost regional trade.
Nathaniel Mumbere Walemba, a renowned educationist says that the road opens up better communication between Bakonzo on both sides of the countries and will ease and fasten cross border business.
Walemba adds that many Uganda traders have been gaining less from the cross border businesses due to the high cost involved in the movement of goods into DRC.
Eric Mbusa, a cocoa a dealer who trades from DRC is hopeful that the new road could cut the high costs involved in transporting goods to Uganda. Mbusa says that the poor road network inside DRC has been creating delays and increasing transport costs mostly during wet seasons.
Patrick Ngeresa, a consultant in the field of Agriculture says that because of poor infrastructure, useful resources to Ugandans have not been fully exploited and exported to the Country.