Rwanda postpones until 2030 the construction of new rail infrastructure

The railway line in Rwanda will delay until 2030 – East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) members meeting in Kigali have said.

Rwanda has to wait for her neighbour Uganda to complete building its route connecting Kampala-Kasese-Mpondwe-Mirama hill which will connect with Kagitumba border in the eastern part of Rwanda.

However, Uganda has not yet started building this route because it also has to wait for the Kenyans to complete building the Naivasha-Malaba route by 2020 to connect with Uganda on the Malaba border.

According to, Rwanda ability to tap onto the regional network will depend on progress of implementation of railway projects under the northern corridor initiative in Tanzania and Uganda.

These routes are Dar-es-salaam-Isaka-Kigali route which will connect Rwanda on the south eastern part, but this route is still at study-level and basic design was only approved in august 2016.

So far Kenya has completed the Mombasa- Nairobi route and is now mobilizing funds for the Nairobi-Naivasha route to be commissioned in 2019 but with current plans to identify funds for Naivasha- Malaba route which is to be commissioned in 2020.

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