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Oil Pipeline Construction to Go on as Planned

By Henry Mwangonde

Dar es Salaam – The government reitarated yesterday that the construction of a $4 billion (about Sh8.7 trillion) crude oil pipeline from Lake Albert-Kabaale in Uganda to Tanga port will commence in August as planned.

The ministry of Energy and Minerals yesterday engaged local investors in talks on how to grab the economic advantages that will arise from the project.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Energy and Minerals Justin Ntalikwa told journalists after that the government was doing all it could to ensure Tanzanian investors benefit from the project.

About 40 local investors are now participating in the talks facilitated by the ministry on how to grab the opportunities before and after the project.

“We are engaging various local investors to advise them on how they can make use of the opportunities in this project,” Mr Ntalikwa said.

The PS said Tanzania is 98percent sure that it is capable of carrying out the project because of its experience in the construction of such pipelinelines and its geographical position which offers a more favourable route from Uganda’s oil fields in the Lake Albert basin to the Indian Ocean coast.

In his remarks, the Tanzania Business Council chairman, Mr Gidion Kaunda, said plans were on for them to travel to Uganda to meet President Museveni and assure him that they are well prepared for the project as well explain to him the reasons why the pipeline should go through Tanzania.

The assurance by the ministry comes amid a sour diplomatic relations between Tanzania and Kenya over the preferred route.

Last week, diplomatic relations with Kenya plunged when Tanzanian authorities confiscated the passports of senior Kenya government officials and denied them entry to Tanga, but allowed their Ugandan counterparts to enter after the latter had surprisingly embedded themselves in the Ugandan delegation that was to meet their Tanzanian counterparts.

Initially, Uganda had two options of sending its crude oil to the international market. The available options were constructing a pipeline via Kenya or Tanzania. Uganda had discussions with experts in both Kenya and Tanzania and in fact, UK’s Tullow Oil plc which operates in Kenya, had put its weight behind Kenya’s Lamu route.

China’s Cnooc also supported Kenya’s route, but the Tanzania one emerged the better option when Total E&P, which is involved in the country’s (Tanzania’s) vast natural gas reserves, put a spanner in the works.

President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Museveni blessed the construction of the project during the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit in Arusha recently.

It is estimated that during the construction phase, some 10,000 people, a sizeable number of them being Tanzanians, will get jobs while between 1,000 to 5,000 would be employed later when the project operations starts, according to TPDC projections.

Source: All Africa

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Mozambique: Renamo Forces Trucks Carrying Maize to Turn RoundMaputo – Gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo have forced trucks carrying maize from northern Mozambique to the drought stricken south to turn back, according to a report in Friday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”. Drivers of four freightliner trucks said the Renamo gunmen had stopped the trucks in the Muxungue area in the central province of Sofala. They threatened to kill the drivers unless they turned round and drove the trucks back to the northern city of Nampula. “They didn’t mistreat us”, one of the drivers said. “They just gave us orders to go back, and urged us to accept the order, if we wanted to go home alive”. “They asked what we were carrying, and we told them it was maize”, he added. “Then they told us that maize was also needed in the north and centre of the country. So we should go back and sell the maize to people in the north”. “Mediafax” found the trucks parked on the outskirts of Nampula, at the largest wholesale market in northern Mozambique. The maize they contained was being sold cheaply. Previously, the price of a 20 litre tin of maize had been 500 meticais (about ten US dollars). But with the return of the trucks banned from going to the south, the price dropped to 300 meticais a tin, much to the delight of Nampula residents. Mediafax” suggests that the owners are selling the maize cheaply for fear that it might go rotten if they do not get rid if it quickly, The paper did not say who owns the four trucks, merely that the owners will not talk about the situation, for fear of reprisals from the government. Meanwhile Renamo attacks on the main north-south highway (EN1) have spread to Zambezia province. A report in Thursday’s issue of the electronic paper “Diario da Zambezia”, published in the provincial capital, Quelimane, reported on a clash between Renamo gunmen and government forces at Murothone, in Mocuba district. The paper said that journalists travelling from Quelimane to Alto Molucue, in Upper Zambezia, had to turn round. A journalist from the German broadcaster DW reported that on Wednesday the bas he was travelling in, belonging to the private company Nagi Investments, came under fire between Muxungue and the Save river, a 100 kilometre stretch of EN1 where traffic moves in conveys under armed escort. Two people suffered bullet wounds in the Renamo ambush, but no-one was killed. The defence forces with the convoy drove the attackers into the bush, but 10 kilometres later there was a further burst of gunfire against the convoy. Source: All Africa

Maputo – Gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo have forced trucks carrying maize from northern Mozambique to the drought stricken south to turn back, according to a report in Friday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”.Drivers of four freightl…