In the center of Kampala is Uganda’s main railway station, or what’s left of it. The once active railroad that connected the country to the east coast of Africa stopped in the mid-1990s.
The lack of maintenance over the years has accelerated the impassability of the network which nowadays is out of order. Since then, Uganda has been keen to rehabilitate this century-old route of communication to stimulate the transport of goods.
« We will replace some areas that have been removed by vandals or are very worn, the cost of the project is about 45 million, of which 40 million for construction and the rest for compensation and mitigation. social impacts, « explains Charles Kateeba, Director General of Railways.
The repair work will take several years, and should cost about $ 267 million. Uganda was counting on China’s support to build a new railway like Kenya’s neighbor. But for now, Beijing seems chilly.
« We are still negotiating with China Exim bank, you have to know that it is a bank, like all the others, it lends money where it is sure to be paid back, which means that China Exim does not have changed her mind, but she’s just working on reviewing the numbers, « says Charles Kateeba.
After its rehabilitation, Uganda hopes to expand the rail network in the north and south-west regions.