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.