Kenya-Uganda SGR Extension Open for Private Investment

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Kenya-Uganda SGR has been on the spotlight as the Cabinet Secretary of Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen made an assurance that the government of Kenya is fully committed to building the remaining parts of the Standard Gauge Railway in inclusive of Kisumu and Malaba border via Uganda all the way to Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

During the Dutch Trade Mission on Port Development, Kipchumba Murkomen stated that the Kenya-Uganda SGR railway line development will open doors to the private investment sector and went ahead to give further information that the railway extension will be made a part of the development of industrial parks and logistic hubs.

Murkomen stated that the Kenyan government will put an effort to construct phase 2B and 2C of the Kenya-Uganda SGR railway line and are currently working with the Ugandan government to facilitate the connection of the railway to Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Kenya-Uganda SGR Extension Cost

The Department of Transport of the State has allocated a Ksh2.1 trillion plan that will be utilized in the extension of the  SGR to Kisumu, Malaba and Isiolo by the end of June 2027. As for now the SGR railway that runs from Mombasa to Naivasha was financed by the Chinese at a budget of Ksh656.1 billion. This plan which is lifted from the previous Kenyan government era grand scheme on SGR is part of the Sh3.42 trillion Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET).

In the year 2014, the Government of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda entered a tripartite agreement to build a standard gauge railway that runs from Mombasa through Kampala to Rwandan capital Kigali. However the Kenya-Uganda SGR construction was cut abruptly as a result of the Chinese declining to fund the final phase of the modern railway line after not reaching an agreement with the government of Uganda.