June 24, 2024
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday that

Uganda’s Museveni Reveals Why They Chose Kenya Over Tanzania For The Kampala SGR Line

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday that he favored Kenya for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) arrangement because Tanzania was taking too long to implement its SGR cross-border plan. 

Museveni revealed the information during a meeting with Italian businessmen who will build the SGR line on Uganda’s side. 

Notably, this came a day after Kenyan Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said that China’s Exim Bank would fund the construction of the SGR from Naivasha to the Ugandan border. 

“They (Italian investors) shared their interest in funding and constructing a railway line from Tororo to Majanji, along with a port at Majanji,” Museveni spoke of the delegation led by Mauro Massoni, the Ambassador of Italy to Uganda.

Museveni praised the project, stating that it will facilitate trade between Northern Uganda and adjacent nations. 

“We are commencing construction of the Standard Gauge Railway from the Kenyan border to Kampala. The construction of the railway from Tanzania will take time,” Museveni added. 

Tanzania, while falling behind in SGR connectivity to Uganda, has advanced national connectivity.

Tanzania is building a 1,600-kilometre SGR line between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza with assistance from China and Turkey. 

President William Ruto and Museveni have reached an agreement that will see the SGR run from Mombasa via Kampala to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Once completed, the line will facilitate trade between Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

While China would lend Kenya the majority of the funds needed to build the Naivasha-Uganda border stretch, Kenyan taxpayers will still be responsible for a portion of the total cost. 

“The Government of Kenya shall fund the project through the Railway Development Levy Fund,” Murkomen was quoted as saying.

Uganda’s Museveni Reveals Why They Chose Kenya Over Tanzania For The Kampala SGR Line

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