Kenya and Uganda seal SGR extension deal,
Kenya and Uganda seal SGR extension deal
Kenya and Uganda agree to extend SGR
The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will be built with cooperation from Kenya and Uganda.
Construction will begin in December of this year, depending on funding availability, according to a joint statement signed by Uganda’s General (Rtd) Katumba Wamala and Kenya’s Kipchumba Murkomen at the Mombasa SGR terminus.
The two expressed a desire for a continuous rail connection between Mombasa and Kampala in order to fully open up the Northern Corridor and assure its viability.
After a protracted discussion at the Mombasa Port, it was decided that Kenya would extend the SGR line from Naivasha to Malaba, a distance of approximately 368 kilometres, and Uganda would contribute by extending the line by 272 kilometres from the Malaba border to Kampala.
To ensure that they begin the SGR project as a team, the two countries intend to raise funding from the Middle East, China, and other development partners.
The SGR line would be extended to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Murkomen, opening the area up for commercial development.
He claimed that in order to connect and open up the region, the East African Community (EAC) had consented to have the SGR extended in 2014.
“We want to successfully move commodities via SGR from Mombasa to Kampala. Uganda will build the line from Malaba to Kampala, while Kenya would expand the SGR line from Naivasha to Malaba, the official said.
If we expand the SGR to Kampala, it will be very beneficial for both nations because we will be working together to make sure that commodities do not get stranded at the Malaba border.
The feasibility study for the project, according to the two ministers, will help determine how much it will cost to build.
Despite the SGR project’s delay, according to Wamala, Uganda is now committed to implementing it and achieving seamless movement of products and services out of Mombasa.
Despite the delay, the task will be completed.
Additionally, this project will promote tourism. We believe that to be feasible,” he said.