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4 African Nations Plan 577-Mile Railway Line

May 31, 1987|From Reuters

KAMPALA, Uganda — Four East African countries Saturday announced plans to build a 577-mile rail line stretching from Uganda through Rwanda and Burundi to Tanzania.

Uganda's representative to the Kagera Basin Organization said the group hopes to interest an international consortium in providing $5 billion in private financing for the project. The organization, formed in 1977, develops joint programs for the four nations.

Kesi Nyakimwe said the line would run from Uganda's Kampala-Kasese railway, through Rwanda and Burundi and link up with the central Tanzanian railroad from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika.

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