KENYAN PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH UGANDAN, RWANDAN COUNTERPARTS IN KIGALI

KIGALI, April 8– President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has held extensive bilateral talks here with Presidents Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

The talks, which were held Sunday night in Kigali ahead of the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, focused on the oil refinery project earmarked for Hoima in western Uganda.

The three leaders also agreed on the joint construction of a crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to the south Kenyan coastal town of Lamu and which is expected to link up with the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor project.

The LAPSSET project, one of the key Vision 2030 projects of the Kenyatta Administration, is expected to boost regional trade and increase energy co-operation among East African nations. It is expected to bring down the cost of doing business in the region.

The talks were also attended by Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (MInister) for Energy and Petroleum Davis Chirchir and Foreign Affairs Ministry Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

SOURCE: KBC

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