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Tuesday May 19, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has donated a huge chunk of land in Naivasha to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Rwanda will build its dry port in Naivasha to ease movement of goods to and from Mombasa seaport to Kigali.
The landlocked nation secured a parcel of land courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta to put up a dry port in Kenya to enable it ferry goods via rail, which is a cheaper mode of transport.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Vincent Biruta, stated that his country was looking to cut down logistical expenses and counter challenges of delayed cargo clearance occasioned by congestion and subsequent backlog.
A delegation from Rwanda’s high commissioner’s office has already toured the Naivasha Inland Container Depot to assess the ongoing work.
Kenya is building a Standard Gauge Railway line from Mombasa to Kisumu via Naivasha and it is hoped that the mega infrastructure will help connect the East African community traders.
In this regard, President Paul Kagame started consultations with the private sector on how the country can use Lake Victoria to transport the goods up to Port Bell in Kampala.
Rwanda and Uganda are both establishing their own inland ports in Naivasha to reduce the distance covered by road for imports and exports destined for Kigali.
The revelation about Uganda came out during a joint public address by Museveni and Uhuru in Mombasa on March 27th, 2019.
The three countries are determined to ease movement of goods in a bid to bolster trade and enhance regional integration in East Africa.
“According to the briefing, some work already have been done.”
“As you (Uhuru) told me about Naivasha, the land where Uganda can build dry port because the railway is almost reaching Naivasha.”
“When goods are transported by train, they shed off 60% of transport cost,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST