East African Leaders recently met in Nairobi, Kenya for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects. President Uhuru Kenyatta was lauded by his counterparts for hosting them and for his passion for a strong East Africa.
“I am happy that a dream that we started with our political elders; Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote is coming to fruition. Things are beginning to move.” Said President Museveni.
President Museveni also adds that Uganda has woken up and is reaping fruits. For example, we are now producing 2.5 billion litres of milk while consuming only 800 million litres. The surplus 1.7 billion litres are consumed by our regional neighbors.
If it was not for this East African market, Uganda’s milk industry would have collapsed. It is the same case with maize. Whereas Uganda is producing five million tons annually, it only consumes one million tons, the rest being exported to our neighbors.
Museveni also apologized to the people who have been affected by the Uganda Revenue Authority’s half-a-day work schedule and has directed that URA works 24 hours a day to make business easier, especially at the border points.
The electricity line to Rwanda through the Mirama Hills is now 75 percent complete. The target is to ensure that it is ready for commissioning by October this year.
He also appreciated President Uhuru for working on Kisumu port. Water transport makes business cheaper. He also disclosed that Uganda is undertaking a project near Entebbe to improve water transport network and so is Rwanda in ensuring connectivity through the Kagera River.
Museveni challenged the technocrats to study how developing this water transport network can help the region exploit the Muko iron ore deposits using the gas under Lake Kivu.