Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure has launched a K40 million Kanjoka Bridge project in Senior Chief Kanduku’s area in Mwanza District.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure Ralph Jooma said government realises the significance of roads and bridges to communities.
“Good road networks are important because they make social and economic services accessible to communities,” he said.
Jooma said this is the reason government continues to construct good roads and bridges in the country so that people are connected.
The minister also said the road on both sides of Kanjoka Bridge will be upgraded to make it passable during the rainy season for the same cost the contractor has charged.
Mwanza Central legislator Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Homeland Security, commended Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure for the project, saying during the rainy season, children do not go to school.
“As a result, education standards in surrounding schools were affected,” he said.
Dausi also said that once construction works are completed, people will be able to take their agricultural produce to the main market at the boma; thereby, improving people’s lives economically.
James Maseko from Humba Village in the area said mobility was difficult without a bridge in the area.
“We will now be able to take sick people to hospital on cars unlike in the past,” he said.
The bridge, which is expected to be completed in the next 90 days, has been funded by the Roads Authority.