Sarah Ndung’u @ndungusarah
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday held talks with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on investments at the port of Mombasa, including the operation of the second container terminal, which have increased the facility’s capacity to 1.65 million containers.
Uhuru also briefed Museveni on the progress around the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, smooth running of the East African Community Secretariat, regional troops in Somalia, and peace initiatives in South Sudan.
President Uhuru also briefed President Museveni on last Saturday’s commissioning of the Inland Container Depot at Embakasi. “With the launch of the cargo rail freight on the SGR, we expect that most goods will be transported from the Mombasa Port by train, starting January,” said the President.
Uhuru noted the project will further shorten the time of moving goods from Mombasa to Kenya’s hinterland and neighbouring countries as well as the costs for doing so by a further 30 per cent.
Both presidents agreed on working jointly on taking the SGR line from Naivasha to Kisumu and onwards to Malaba on the border with Uganda. The line to Kisumu will also serve Uganda through the Lake Victoria ports of Jinja, Masaka and Entebbe.