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Kyamugambi: SGR Positioning Uganda to Tap into $78tn Global Economy
Uganda is working around the clock to build the much-anticipated Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) which will boast a modern, high-capacity railway system that is efficient, reliable, safe and affordable for both freight and passengers.
The SGR is being implemented as a regional project with partner states including Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan.
The countries agreed to use a uniform Standard Specification but each county will construct their sections. The network will stretch from Mombasa through Nairobi to Kampala, Kigali and Juba.
NWSC Embarks on New 160millon Litres Katosi Water Works
The National Water and Sewerage Corporation has started works on the construction of the new 160million litres per day Water Treatment Plant in the Eastern part of Kampala at Katosi.
The combined water production of Katosi and Ggaba Water Treatment Plants will cater for the growing demand for clean water services in the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area up to the year 2040.
Eng. Denis Taremwa, the Manager Water Supply Infrastructure Development, shared that the “conceptual designs for the new Water treatment plant are done and procurement of contractors is ongoing.”
Inside Uganda Internet Backbone Infrastructure Wars
NITA-U continues to come under pressure over the management of the National Backbone infrastructure and the cost of internet, ChimpBusiness reports.
A whistleblower has revealed to president Museveni that NITA-U officials signed with an unfavourable internet provision contract with Soliton Telmec, a Kenyan company.
The president was informed that for every Mbps of Internet delivered to any government agency through a cable owned by government through NITA-U, Soliton charges NITA-U $200 (Shs725, 400) as transport charges.
EXCLUSIVE: Tanzania Saves $143m in Electronic Passport Project
Tanzania government saved millions of dollars in procuring the electronic passport, President John Pombe Magufuli has revealed.
Boasting tamper proof electronic features, the electronic passport launched at the Immigration Headquarters is expected to help government end misuse or fraud associated with the current manual passport issuance system.