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Railway construction connecting Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda to end by 2017

By Godfrey Olukya
Posted on Monday, 26 August 2013 15:01

Uganda’s Minister of State for Privatisation, Aston Kajara told the country’s parliament on Friday that the railway would improve trade and transport between the three countries.

He said the presidents of the three nations are committed to seeing that the railway is put in place.

Ever since they met in Kampala, so much has been happening to develop the railway line

Landlocked Uganda and Rwanda receive most of their cargo, from overseas, transported through Mombasa.

The existing railway between Mombasa and Kampala, dates back to the colonial era.

“The three heads of state are determined to seeing the success of the railway construction. Ever since they met in Kampala, so much has been happening to develop the railway line,” Kajara said.

The three presidents are expected to meet again in Mombasa, Kenya in a week’s time.

Kajara said that the presidents had agreed that each state should develop the railway line within the confines of their own borders.

The new railway, according to the official, however, will not replace the old one.

Kenya has already established a railway levy to develop the railway line.

In Uganda, government has started identifying companies to construct the railway and according to Kajara, a number of Chinese companies have expressed interest.

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