Bridge Collapses While Being Commissioned in DR Congo (+Video)
- September, 06, 2022 - 16:48
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A video circulating in social media that depicts a bridge falling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the inauguration ceremony has gone viral and prompted hundreds of comments.
The video shared in Twitter shows the moment a bridge, which was being commissioned in DR Congo by local officials, collapses with local dignitaries on it, Iharare reported.
There was chaos after the small footbridge collapsed during its official opening ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and social media is howling.
African politicians have been notorious for some of the most outrageous public opening ceremonies.
In 2018, former Zimbabwean finance minister Patrick Chinamasa trended across Africa after he launched a rubbish bin.
Last week, a picture made rounds on social media of a water tap wrapped with ribbons, and an official was launching it, much to people’s amusement.
This time, politicians in the DRC decided to launch a small footbridge, and it did not end well.
Officials gathered for its official opening ceremony. The footbridge was meant to help people cross a river during the rainy seasons, as the old makeshift bridge would often submerge during deluges.
A group of people mounted on the bridge, which was less than two meters wide. At the end of it, a red ribbon was fastened across the rails, and one of the officials was set to cut it with scissors.
While they were on top, a group gathered below to watch the ceremony and celebrate the official opening.
The footbridge succumbed to pressure when the ribbon was cut, and it collapsed and broke into two as people stood on it.
The collapse occurs as the suited official cuts the ribbon.
The video led to a range of comments.
One person wrote: “Don’t be surprised if the cost of this bridge is more than a million dollars of taxpayers’ money. Here is the Zimbabwean counterpart, honorable Patrick Chinamasa of Zanu of government opening a bin.”
“It’s like the ribbon was the one holding the bridge together” another person said.