Uganda denies pulling out of SGR deal with Kenya


File image of a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
File image of a section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

In Summary

  • According to the country’s Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba, Uganda is on track and will not backtrack on its plan to connect the region through a railway line.
  • Speaking to the press in Kisumu when she paid a courtesy call at the headquarters of LVBC, Ms. Azuba said 90 per cent of the cargo going to Uganda from Kenya is through the road which is relatively slower.
  • She further stated that the actual construction of the railway had not yet started but the process is at an advanced stage delayed only by failure to sign the deal with the financier on time.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s government has denied reports of abandoning the construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line connecting the country with Kenya.

According to the country’s Minister of Works and Transport, Monica Azuba, Uganda is on track and will not backtrack on its plan to connect the region through a railway line.

Speaking to the press in Kisumu when she paid a courtesy call at the headquarters of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Ms. Azuba said 90 per cent of the cargo going to Uganda from Kenya is through the road which is relatively slower.

“I want to refute this in strong terms, Uganda is very much on track with the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The SGR is very important to our country… it is really to cut down the travel time for our cargo between Mombasa and Kampala,” said the minister.

She further stated that the actual construction of the railway had not yet started but the process is at an advanced stage delayed only by failure to sign the deal with the financier on time.

“We have not started on the actual construction but we have done everything to be ready to start on the construction; we have a contractor, consultant, and the financing mode in place,” she added.

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