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September 24, 2017

Sh1.2 billion Budalang'i Sigiri bridge collapses days after Uhuru inspection

The Sigiri Bridge in Budalang'i which collapsed on Monday, June 26, 2017. /LAMECK BARAZA
The Sigiri Bridge in Budalang'i which collapsed on Monday, June 26, 2017. /LAMECK BARAZA

A number of masons were injured after the Sh1.2 billion Sigiri Bridge which was under construction in Budalang'i collapsed on Monday.

Those injured in the Jubilee's flagship project in Busia county were rushed to hospital.

The bridge, linking Bunyala South and North, came down barely days after President Uhuru Kenyatta inspected the works.

Uhuru, during his tour of Busia county on June 14, hailed the project saying it will ease movement of people to schools and markets in the area.

Plans to construct the bridge followed a boat tragedy in September 2014 where nine people were killed as they attempted to cross River Nzoia using a canoe.

While commissioning the construction, Uhuru said he was concerned with the numerous boat tragedies.

Uhuru had on his twitter account said the bridge was fully sponsored by the national government and was to be completed by the end of this month.

"This bridge will significantly reduce deaths and make it easier for the residents to access markets, schools and hospitals."

"It is constructed by my government at a cost of Sh1billion and will be completed by mid July," Uhuru said in a tweet.

Uhuru had ordered the deployment of Kenya Marine Agency officers to work alongside the Busia government to ensure the safety of more than 1,000 people crossing the bridge everyday.

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