Kabale: 5 Pupils Struck by Lightening


Regional rail operator, discount Rift Valley Railways(RVR) has announced that it will add 480 new wagons to its fleet in an effort to augment its haulage capacity.

According to RVR, viagra dosage 120 of the additional 480 wagons will arrive in November, malady 2015.

Speaking during the 6th East and Central Africa Rail and Road Infrastructure Summit that was held at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday, RVR’s General Manager, Concession & External Communications, Mr. Sammy Gachuhi confirmed that they had already procured 120 wagons which they expect to arrive in the country in November.

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“The 120 wagons purchased from China CNR Corporation at USD53, 000 per unit will increase fleet size and enable RVR to move up to 60 tonnes on each wagon compared to 40 tons allowed in the current wagon fleet,” he said.

He pointed out that RVR is currently at the midpoint of a sh25 billion (US$ 287 million) capital expenditure program that began in January 2012 to revitalize the railway.

The Uganda- Kenya rail operator has disclosed that since the start of the renewal program, RVR has invested sh11 billion (US$ 126 million) in modern rail operating technology, rebuilding infrastructure, expanding haulage capacity and developing modern rail operating skills in its 2,400 strong workforce.

RVR is Qalaa Holdings’ primary investment in the African transportation sector, with a 25-year concession to operate 2,352 km of track linking the Indian Ocean Port of Mombasa to the interiors of Kenya and Uganda.

The purchase of 20 new locomotives and the rehabilitation of existing wagons in 2014 have significantly expanded RVR’s mainline fleet of operating locomotives.

The railway has surpassed its set freight volume targets (FVT), moving 1,883 mn NTK of freight as at January 31, 2015 against a target of 1,737 mn NTK by March 31, 2015 in Kenya.

In Uganda, the operator had moved 250 mn NTK of freight as at February 25, 2015 against a target of 250 mn NTK by March 31, 2015.

“Rising freight volumes, declining incidents and less blockage time are a testament to the success of the range of measures so-far implemented under the turnaround program — from GPS-based navigation and scheduling to the reconditioning of track and rolling stock — is attracting new customers, including Vivo (formerly Shell Kenya), Lafarge Cement and others looking for safe, efficient, reliable alternatives to road transport,” added Mr. Gachuhi.

The new wagons have been acquired just as a management contract was finalized in August of this year in Uganda which will allow RVR to operate and manage the Inland Container Depot in Mukono,  and will help to further facilitate freight transport particularly for clients moving cargo from the port city of Mombasa to regions beyond Kampala.
Five pupils of Hamurwa Star Foundation in Kabale were admitted at Hamurwa Health Center IV fighting for their lives after being struck by lightning.

These were identified as Oscar Ruhanga Ariho P7, here Clever Ahumuza P6, more about Evaresti Zabayo P3, approved Lawrence Nuwahereza P1 and Desire Tumukunde P1.

The incident according to school authorities happened at around 5:30 pm on Thursday while the five were in their dormitory after classes.

Medics at the health center told us all five would all be saved.

The Police spokesperson for Kigezi Region, Elly Maate confirmed the incident and expressed concern over proprietors of public institutions that refused to install lightening arrestors on their buildings.


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