Chinese firm goes to court over Uganda’s railway project
Saturday August 9 2014
President Museveni flags off a train in Gulu, Uganda. The government is accused of awarding the tender to a Chinese firm after signing MoUs with another. FILE PHOTO
At the heart of the dispute are several Uganda government departments and two Chinese companies -CCECC and CHEC.
American lobbyists are behind CHEC and pushing Uganda government executives in the fight for $8 billion worth of contracts to build, upgrade and expand Uganda’s railway network to standard gauge.
SGR is one of the components of the Northern Corridor infrastructure projects that the East African Community partner states started planning as early as 2004, but in June 2013, the presidents of Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda agreed to fast track it, with a March 2018 deadline.