UPDATE 1-Uganda aims for Q1 investment decision on oil pipeline – minister

(Recasts, adds quotes, information on tax dispute) CAPE TOWN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Uganda’s Energy Minister Irene Muloni said on Wednesday she is optimistic the government can resolve a tax dispute with oil companies in time to get first oil flowing by 2023. Muloni said she expected a final investment decision (FID) from oil companies

UPDATE 1-Kenya opens $1.5 bln Chinese-built railway linking Rift Valley town and Nairobi

(Recasts lead, changes dateline, adds quotes) By Duncan Miriri NAIVASHA, Kenya Oct 16 (Reuters) – Kenya’s opened a $1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight. The extension links to another Chinese funded and built $3.2 billion

REFILE-World Bank court orders Tanzania pay $185 mln to Standard Chartered

(Adds dropped letters in byline) By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Tanzania has been ordered by a World Bank arbitration court to pay $185 million to the Hong Kong subsidiary of Standard Chartered for breaching an energy contract. The court’s ruling, which was released on Tuesday, adds to pressure on the

Africa dreams of free trade as red tape rules on the ground

* Cargo trucks face long delays at Kenya, Tanzania border * Two countries belong to East African Community common market * EAC sometimes seen as free trade model for continent * Businesses say EAC delays bode ill for African trade area By Duncan Miriri NAMANGA, Kenya/Tanzania, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The speed limit is 110

UPDATE 1-Japan to give Kenya about $860 mln in loans, grants for bridge, economic zone

(Adds details, background) By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Japan will give Kenya nearly $860 million in concessional loans and grants for the construction of a bridge in the port city of Mombasa and other infrastructure projects to support an economic zone there, Kenyan and Japanese officials said on Friday. Katsutoshi Komori, Japan’s

Uganda says its power generation capacity will jump 55% by year-end

KAMPALA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Uganda’s electricity generation capacity is set to jump by 55.5% in December when a Chinese-financed hydropower plant and other, smaller projects are commissioned, the east African country’s energy minister said. In recent years, Uganda has been wooing private-sector energy investors and taking loans from China and other sources to help

Ugandan leader calls for eye-for-an-eye-style sentences after nephew murdered

KAMPALA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he wants courts to hand out eye-for-an-eye-style sentences for all murder convicts, to help stem soaring violent crime that claimed the life of his nephew last week. From killings to violent robberies and kidnappings for ransom, crime has been surging in recent years in

Tanzania seizes ivory tusks equivalent to 117 elephants killed

DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Tanzania has seized ivory tusks equivalent to killing at least 117 elephants, its tourism minister said, part of its drive to stamp out organised criminal networks involved in years of industrial-scale poaching. The elephant population in Tanzania, famed for its wildlife reserves, shrank from 110,000 in 2009 to

Ethiopia to install 4G network ahead of telecoms liberalisation

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom plans to install a 4G network in the capital and other regions and to upgrade other network services, it said on Friday, as the government prepares to open up the sector to private foreign investment. In July, Ethiopia announced it would award two telecoms licences

Relaunched Uganda Airlines hopes to win slice of East African travel

KAMPALA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Uganda on Tuesday relaunched its national carrier, Uganda Airlines, hoping to take a slice of the East African aviation business that is dominated by Ethiopian Airlines The country is banking on its emerging oil industry and the traditional tourism sector to generate international traffic to sustain the airline. Though air