Kenya and Uganda in talks with China over joint railway

Kenya and Uganda are jointly negotiating with China to fund and construct a new standard gauge railway that will connect the two countries.

Transport minister Amos Kimunya said Kenya was in talks with China to facilitate the construction of a new line between Mombasa and Malaba, which is expected to improve the speed of cargo movement by up to three times.

The government of Uganda is also negotiating for funds to construct the stretch of the line that runs into its territory from the border point of Malaba.

“Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and we anticipate that work could commence by year end,” the minister told attendants at a luncheon hosted by the Kenya Ports Authority in Nairobi.