Analysts said the road opens trade opportunities between Uganda and the region that is recovering from decades of civil war. Yei lies 93km from the Uganda-Sudan border.
A road was reopened by Lt. Gen. Abujon, accompanied by a representative of the Bahr-el-Jabel state governor, Maj. Gen. Peter Cirillo.
Uganda’s consul in Juba, Busho Ndinyenka, the local Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) commander and other local leaders attended.
The convoy of 20 vehicles was received by a tumultuous crowd of Juba residents, who have paid dearly for commodities transported by air from Khartoum.
The road is seen as an avenue to get supplies from Uganda more cheaply. Uganda’s foreign ministry has called upon Ugandan businesspeople to take advantage of the road for trade with Sudan, particularly southern Sudan.
President Yoweri Museveni and the new SPLA leader, Salva Kiir, meeting at State House, Nakasero, last week, discussed the opening up of transport links between Uganda and Sudan.
The SPLA has pledged to reduce tariffs on goods coming from Uganda, the SPLA advance team leader, Brig. Gen. Johnson Juma Okot, said last week. He said with peace in southern Sudan, many Ugandans had started businesses there although high taxes had in the past discouraged them.