Rwanda’s multi-billion dollar railway project to link landlocked country to Mombasa Port
The railway project estimated to cost over $5Billion will ease transportation of goods between Rwanda and Kenya through Uganda.
Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure, Prof. Silas Lwakabamba says, “there is no reason for us to delay this important project.”
He said the ministry is currently conducting a feasibility study to determine the cost of the project, the route of the railway line, how those affected will be compensated and the appropriate technology to use to deliver the project on time.
“We have already signed a memorandum of understanding with Uganda and Kenya. We are working more closely with our counterparts in Uganda to ensure the project is completed as scheduled,” he said.
The minister also noted that Rwanda’s contribution would depend on the findings of the ongoing feasibility study.
“We are determined and will contribute whatever it will take to construct the railway line because we understand the economic benefits it will bring to our country,” he said.
Lwakabamba said the line would increase efficiency in the transportation of goods and reduce road damage by cargo trucks.
He added that road repairs have been consuming most of the ministry’s budget. It will also reduce the cost of transporting goods across the region.
“Kenya is scheduled to start construction works in November, therefore, there is no reason for us to delay this important project,” the minister said.