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Uhuru, Kagame To Meet Museveni In Kampala

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During the visit, President Kenyatta will attend an Infrastructure Investment Summit in Kampala.

The Summit is held amid a sharp rise in infrastructure spending as the East African Community governments seek to tame spiraling business costs and concerns over huge projects that have lagged behind schedule.

The Head of State is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the host President Yoweri Museveni and together have trilateral talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

The plane carrying the President and his delegation will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the afternoon.

The President will be accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Amb. Amina Mohamed, Eng. Michael Kamau and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.

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7:30AM: Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta jets in Uganda on Monday afternoon for a three-day state visit.

This will be Uhuru’s first official visit to Uganda after being elected President early this year.

The Uganda Media Centre confirmed Uhuru’s trip in a message sent to media houses on Sunday night.

The Kenyan leader maintains close ties with Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni who spoke at the Uhuru’s inauguration said Africa was opposed to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) idea of prosecuting Uhuru for alleged crimes against humanity during the post-2007 Kenya presidential elections.

In what appears as a move to tighten relations with Uganda, Uhuru recently underscored Kenya’s commitment to upgrade the railway line in order to ease transportation of heavy cargo within and across borders from the Port of Mombasa.

He said this would make railway the main freight carrier, adding it is the only way forward in improving transportation of heavy cargo.

“We have been investing in roads but after a short span of time they are destroyed because of the heavy cargo transported by road. Although a modern railway line requires heavy investment, in the long run it pays off because of its efficiency,” President Kenyatta said at State House, Nairobi during a meeting with top officials of the General Electric (GE) Company who paid him a courtesy call.

This would facilitate transport of goods from Mombasa to Uganda thus lowering costs for importers.

Uhuru further directed that movement of transit goods from the Port of Mombasa to Malaba should be reduced to a maximum of 5 days.

Kenyatta said in three weeks’ time he will hold a meeting with all those involved in the running of the Port to confirm that the target has been achieved.

The President was speaking at State House, Nairobi, during a follow-up to last week’s meeting with those involved in the running of the Port where he pronounced a raft of measures geared towards enhancing efficiency at the port.

The Head of State said the current situation where a container takes an average of 18 days to reach Kampala from Mombasa was untenable.

At the meeting, Kenyatta ordered the formation of a Cabinet sub-committee that will include all Cabinet Secretaries dealing with the Northern Corridor who will report to him during every Cabinet meeting on what they are doing to improve efficiency.

During the meeting, all top officials of ministries and Government departments reported back on the progress they have made towards removing the bottlenecks in the transit of goods from Mombasa to Malaba.

Uhuru’s actions have since been perceived as Pan African and in the spirit of boosting trade across East African region.

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