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Fears on Serengeti rail project allayed

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Tanzania |
    Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2011


    The government has dispelled fears that the proposed multi-billion-shilling railway project from Tanga,Arusha to

    Musoma and Kampala will run through theSerengeti National Park.

    A story published in a Uganda local daily reported that conservationists in Uganda are against the move noting that it is

    against International conservation treaties and will affect seasonal migration of wildebeests through the park.

    The Acting Director of Economic Infrastructure and Social Services department, in the Ministry of East African

    Cooperation, Dr Bartholomew Rufunjo, said the railway project will not run through the park.

    Dr Rufunjo was briefing journalists on the implementation of the various EAC infrastructure projects inDar es Salaam

    on Thursday.

    "We highly respect and consider environmental impact assessments reports in such matters. The railway line will not

    go through the Serengeti Park," he explained.

    According to the report, Uganda and Tanzania entered into a 3 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a

    Chinese construction company for the development of three ports and a railway line that will link Musoma to Kampala.

    The report also noted that the signing of the MoU enables the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company to begin

    conducting a feasibility study worth about $450 million for the proposed railway route.

    It will run from Tanga port to Musoma on the shores of Lake Victoria and link with Kampala on the side of Uganda.

    Dr Rufunjo noted that the railway line project which is facing challenges of funding, will have a central desk at the EAC

    secretariat with experts from the five countries who will assist the secretariat on issues of rail.

    "The EAC council of ministers also agreed that the secretariat should closely follow funding promises issued by the

    African Development Bank," Dr Rufunjo noted.

    Dr Rufunjo noted the railway project is within the EAC transport strategy and regional road sector development


    "The next step is for the EAC member states to seek funding from development partners and start the process of

    implementing the various projects," he noted.

    On energy, Dr Rufunjo noted the natural gas production project in the country will be completed in October 2012, and

    natural gas will be available to sell to other EAC member states.

    He said Tanzania presented its report on the project in a five-day meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya.

    At the meeting it was suggested that Tanzania be incorporated into a Uganda Oil pipeline, which will run from Kampala

    to Kigali and Bujumbura.

    "In Tanzania, the pipeline will run from Mwanza to Dar es Salaam," he noted.

    By ROSE ATHUMANI, Tanzania Daily News

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Waziri Maige signed something to full all of us and shut our mouth then... but the Serengeti Project is still going on with the Chinese funds...