Heavy-haul railway projects are proposed across Africa as a means of extracting the continent's mineral wealth. However, many of these schemes face problems with securing rights to land and delivering benefits to local residents. Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, suggests how these issues might be overcome.
UGANDAN president Mr Yoweri Musveni attended a ceremony in the northern town of Gulu on October 26 to mark the reopening of the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) line from Tororo near the Kenyan border, 18 years after services ceased.
RIFT Valley Railways (RVR), the concessionaire operating the 2352km Kenya-Uganda metre-gauge railway, has completed a 10-month project to repair a 73km stretch of the 530km Mombasa – Nairobi main line. Nevertheless, the Kenyan government is dissatisfied with RVR's performance.
RIFT Valley Railways (RVR) says it expects to begin test operation on its northern Uganda branch from Tororo near the Kenyan border to Pakwach on the northern shore of Lake Albert by the end of July, 18 years after services were suspended.