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Uganda hails China’s Sh860 billion loan for E.Africa railway

Some of the trains that will begin operation in June 1st. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Some of the trains that will begin operation in June 1st. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Uganda has welcomed China’s ‘‘generous’’ Sh860billion loan to three East African countries for the construction of a hi-speed standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Kigali.

Uganda Works and Transport minister Monica Azuba welcomed China’s Sh370 billion loan to Kenya for the Naivasha-Malaba section saying Uganda had also sought Sh236.5 billion for the 273kilometre Malaba-Kampala section.

“Construction of the 273 kilometre standard gauge railway from Malaba to Kampala is starting this year. Not expected but starting,” she said in a tweet posted on the ministry’s website.

The comments follow President Uhuru Kenyatta’s disclosure that China’s Exim Bank had agreed to inject Sh370 billion in the Naivasha-Malaba railway which is expected to be constructed at the same time with the Malaba-Kampala line for the next 40 months.