The three East African nations, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda have a grand master plan of constructing 2,000 kilometers long Northern Corridor Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line. The line will run from the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya, through Kampala in Uganda and stop at Kigali in Rwanda.
So far the SGR line has been constructed between Mombasa to Nairobi running some 472 kilometers costing Ksh. 327 billion. Kenya is currently in talks with China for another loan that will see the extension of the line from Nairobi to Naivasha-Kisumu-Malaba; Malaba being the border town between Kenya and Uganda.
Fears had earlier set in after Uganda was viewed to be developing cold feet and wanting to pull out of the project. An exit by Uganda would have been a blow to the SGR project, and possibly a bigger loss for Kenya who had already commenced constructions mostly on China-loans.
However, these fears have been allayed after Uganda started talks with China’s Exim Bank for a $2.3 billion (Ksh. 236.7 billion) loan for the construction of a 273-kilometer long line running from Malaba to Kampala. The construction work tender …read more