Why Magufuli has a shot on wooing Uganda to join his SGR


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EAC summit to decide fate of stalled infrastructure projects

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017

Kenya’s standard gauge railway is meant to ease transport in the EAC. The SGR is expected to link Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura. PHOTO FILE | NMG

In Summary

With relations between partner states such as Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda unstable, there is little progress that can be made, observers say.Key among the disputes is the decision by Uganda to abandon Kenya as a route for its oil pipeline and go for Tanzania, while Kigali accuses Kampala of frustrating its plans to connect to the SGR by opting for South Sudan instead of Rwanda.

EDMUND KAGIRE
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The East African Community Council of Ministers meeting scheduled for December 1 in Kampala, Uganda, will determine the fate of regional infrastructure projects as disputes between partner states threaten to derail their progress.

With relations between partner states such as Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda unstable, there is little progress that can be made, observers say.

Key projects that have been affected are the standard gauge railway (SGR) linking Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura, the Power Pool project enabling countries to import electricity from Ethiopia and the oil pipelines.

Observers say the disputes could deal a heavy blow to regional integration plans.

Rwandan Minister in charge of EAC Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said there has been slow progress on joint infrastructure projects, but maintains that partner states remain committed to regional integration.

“We will be meeting in Kampala to discuss the prevailing issues and find a solution. The Heads of State Summit will also discuss the issue of mismanagement of the Secretariat, which has affected remittance of contributions from member states,” said Mr Nduhungirehe.

He said concerns about misuse of resources at the EAC secretariat have partly compounded the issues dogging the regional bloc.

Efforts to get a comment from Kamugisha Kazaura, Director of Infrastructure at the EAC proved futile as questions went unanswered.

Mr Nduhungirehe said the summit will also discuss existing non-tariff barriers in EAC partner states.

Key among the disputes is the decision by Uganda to abandon Kenya as a route for its oil pipeline and go for Tanzania, while Kigali accuses Kampala of frustrating its plans to connect to the SGR by opting for South Sudan instead of Rwanda.

SGR to Juba

Kigali had expressed concern over Kampala’s decision to extend the SGR to Juba and the delay in extending power lines to the border, which would allow Rwanda to connect to the Power Pool.

Until now, there has been no formal response by either side on the concerns but officials say the issues will be discussed in Kampala.

Brian Cooksey, a political researcher, said politics rather than economics is driving multibillion dollar investments in new ports and railways.

“Political relations between EAC elite strongly influence which infrastructure projects are implemented,” said Mr Cooksey, adding “There is little or no effective co-ordination of transport policy in the EAC.”

Mr Cooksey said the success of mega-projects largely depend on the relations and friendships between the countries, which makes their implementation unpredictable.

Fate of stalled EAC infrastructure projects

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Even with the 2nd launch for East African pipeline in Hoima, still Kenya has not accepted the loss ! Probably a reason why Museveni is abandoning Kenya's SGR to punish that greed. Didn't know the construction of the Malaba to Kampala section stalled!

Museveni is a very fair guy teaching Kenya a lesson that they can't have all for themselves Juba is his brain child n Kenya has to choose either Juba-Kampala then Malaba or losing Uganda n Rwanda if Kenya choose to bypass Uganda n connect to Juba alone.

Meanwhile Magufuli keeps buying wagons carriage ships for Port Bell-Mwanza connection after signing a deal for a railway revamp btn Port Bell to Kampala n after Germany's Kfz gave funds for a modern port at Port Bell
 
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EAC summit to decide fate of stalled infrastructure projects

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21 2017

Kenya’s standard gauge railway is meant to ease transport in the EAC. The SGR is expected to link Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura. PHOTO FILE | NMG

In Summary

With relations between partner states such as Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda unstable, there is little progress that can be made, observers say.Key among the disputes is the decision by Uganda to abandon Kenya as a route for its oil pipeline and go for Tanzania, while Kigali accuses Kampala of frustrating its plans to connect to the SGR by opting for South Sudan instead of Rwanda.

EDMUND KAGIRE
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The East African Community Council of Ministers meeting scheduled for December 1 in Kampala, Uganda, will determine the fate of regional infrastructure projects as disputes between partner states threaten to derail their progress.

With relations between partner states such as Uganda and Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda unstable, there is little progress that can be made, observers say.

Key projects that have been affected are the standard gauge railway (SGR) linking Mombasa to Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura, the Power Pool project enabling countries to import electricity from Ethiopia and the oil pipelines.

Observers say the disputes could deal a heavy blow to regional integration plans.

Rwandan Minister in charge of EAC Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said there has been slow progress on joint infrastructure projects, but maintains that partner states remain committed to regional integration.

“We will be meeting in Kampala to discuss the prevailing issues and find a solution. The Heads of State Summit will also discuss the issue of mismanagement of the Secretariat, which has affected remittance of contributions from member states,” said Mr Nduhungirehe.

He said concerns about misuse of resources at the EAC secretariat have partly compounded the issues dogging the regional bloc.

Efforts to get a comment from Kamugisha Kazaura, Director of Infrastructure at the EAC proved futile as questions went unanswered.

Mr Nduhungirehe said the summit will also discuss existing non-tariff barriers in EAC partner states.

Key among the disputes is the decision by Uganda to abandon Kenya as a route for its oil pipeline and go for Tanzania, while Kigali accuses Kampala of frustrating its plans to connect to the SGR by opting for South Sudan instead of Rwanda.

SGR to Juba

Kigali had expressed concern over Kampala’s decision to extend the SGR to Juba and the delay in extending power lines to the border, which would allow Rwanda to connect to the Power Pool.

Until now, there has been no formal response by either side on the concerns but officials say the issues will be discussed in Kampala.

Brian Cooksey, a political researcher, said politics rather than economics is driving multibillion dollar investments in new ports and railways.

“Political relations between EAC elite strongly influence which infrastructure projects are implemented,” said Mr Cooksey, adding “There is little or no effective co-ordination of transport policy in the EAC.”

Mr Cooksey said the success of mega-projects largely depend on the relations and friendships between the countries, which makes their implementation unpredictable.

Fate of stalled EAC infrastructure projects

MY TAKE
Even with the 2nd launch for East African pipeline in Hoima, still Kenya has not accepted the loss ! Probably a reason why Museveni is abandoning Kenya's SGR to punish that greed. Didn't know the construction of the Malaba to Kampala section stalled!

Museveni is a very fair guy teaching Kenya a lesson that they can't have all for themselves Juba is his brain child n Kenya has to choose either Juba-Kampala then Malaba or losing Uganda n Rwanda if Kenya choose to bypass Uganda n connect to Juba alone.

Meanwhile Magufuli keeps buying wagons carriage ships for Port Bell-Mwanza connection after signing a deal for a railway revamp btn Port Bell to Kampala n after Germany's Kfz gave funds for a modern port at Port Bell
Hata mimi.ninawashangaa sana, sijui vichwani mwao huwa wanafikiria nini, uamuzi wa Uganda kutumia Tanga badala ya Lamu ulikuwa ni economical and security reasons, hapakuwa na urafiki wala sababu zengine, na walioanzisha hilo ni Total na sio Uganda, hata Uganda kutoa kipaumbele reli ya Juba kuliko Kigali, pia ni economical reasons, tatizo la wakenya badala ya kutafuta ukweli ili watafute ufumbuzi, wanabaki kuzusha mambo, mwisho wanapoteza miradi yote
 
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Hata mimi.ninawashangaa sana, sijui vichwani mwao huwa wanafikiria nini, uamuzi wa Uganda kutumia Tanga badala ya Lamu ulikuwa ni economical and security reasons, hapakuwa na urafiki wala sababu zengine, na walioanzisha hilo ni Total na sio Uganda, hata Uganda kutoa kipaumbele reli ya Juba kuliko Kigali, pia ni economical reasons, tatizo la wakenya badala ya kutafuta ukweli ili watafute ufumbuzi, wanabaki kuzusha mambo, mwisho wanapoteza miradi yote
Inavyokaa General Museveni anawalipizia kwa kukataa kujiunga na pipeline! Magufuli achangamkie fursa..
 
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Inavyokaa General Museveni anawalipizia kwa kukataa kujiunga na pipeline! Magufuli achangamkie fursa..
Sasa wakikosa mizigo ya Uganda bandari yao utafanya kazi gani?, bora tu Museven awahurumie kwa sababu uchumi wao unaelekea kucollapse.
 
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Sasa wakikosa mizigo ya Uganda bandari yao utafanya kazi gani?, bora tu Museven awahurumie kwa sababu uchumi wao unaelekea kucollapse.
Kwenye biashara hakuna huruma! Wacha awafunze heshima kidogo walimuudhi sana waliposimamisha Amina AU badala ya ku-support Mganda.
 
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I see them building, that's what I heard geza say.
10 years later, the SGR same color as the Bagamoyo elephant.
 
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I see them building, that's what I heard geza say.
10 years later, the SGR same color as the Bagamoyo elephant.
usipende kukurupuka. njoo na hoja kuntu mezani.
 
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Uchaguzi Kenya umekamilika, tafuteni lingine Kenya inapaaaaaa kama kawaida ni kuisoma tu namba.
 
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Eti politics. To me it makes economical sense Uganda kupeleka SGR to Juba badala ya Rwanda. Rwanda kanchi kadogo mno hakana impact yoyote. South Sudan is a much larger market!
 
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Dose yako ya LDC imekushinda yangu ya. Middle income utaweza? Nonsense! Quote Mimi Tena wakati mtakuwa na complete project ya more than 500m hapana tolea mimi povu.
 
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Dose yako ya LDC imekushinda yangu ya. Middle income utaweza? Nonsense! Quote Mimi Tena wakati mtakuwa na complete project ya more than 500m hapana tolea mimi povu.
Our SGR so far tumeshalipia $3.1B from our own money, ninyi kila kitu nakopo, na chakula mnasaidiwa na wachina, poor you.
 
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Iko wapi hiyo SGR? You don't count your chicks before they hatch...common sense.
 
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Iko wapi hiyo SGR? You don't count your chicks before they hatch...common sense.
Wewe kila siku ninakuambia kichwa chako ni kibovu, ninyi mnavyojenga Lamu port ina maana hakuna huo mradi?, mnavyosema mtajenga na LAPSET ni uongo?, ina maana reli yenu inoishia Nairobi haifiki Naivasha?, miradi inakuwaga katika hatua mbalimbali, kuna iliyokwisha kwa asilimia 100, na inayoendelea, hata hiyo BRT yetu imetimia kwa only 25%, bado project inaendelea, our new airport to be the biggest and mowt modern imekamilika kwa 70%, Our SGR has just started, but money has been released already, tumetangaza tenda ya kujenga bwawa kubwa la umeme in EAC litakalozalisha 2100MW, kwa gharama ya $2B, pesa tutqlipa wenyewe, tumeshalipia ndege 6, zinatengezwa sasa hivi, kungekuwa na ndege zinauzwa shoo room tungeenda kununua direct, lakini hadi uweke order ili zitengenezwe, how can Kenya dare to compete with such a giant economy?
 

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