Although his sentence was reduced, former cabinet director Vital Kamerhe has been found guilty of “misappropriation” of public funds. His ... party, the "Union pour la Nation Congolaise" (UNC), has denounced this “political trial” and threatened to “no longer participate in [state] institutions.” This could cause further upheaval within the ruling “Union Sacrée” alliance
The presence of three more presidents from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) underlined the significance of the opening ceremony.
Zambia and Botswana funded the $259m infrastructure project. The plan was to unplug the Zambezi River barrier and link the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia to South Africa and Namibia via Botswana.
Prior to the construction of the bridge, a small pontoon boat was used to ferry traffic between Zambia and Botswana across the Zambezi River.