He appealed to the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport
Coordination Authority to move with speed and fast track the
improvement of existing meter gauge lines and the development of
the SGR for all Northern Corridor member states.
The AU envoy
said Kenya has prioritized the renovation of the Kisumu Port
whose successful renovation and opening of Kisumu port will be a
big boost to the Northern Corridor.
He called for similar developments on lakes Albert, Edward,
Kivu, and Tanganyika, and the Kagera and Nile rivers.
"We have seen commendable efforts in development of port
infrastructure and inland waterways within the Northern
"There is commendable progress with regard to studies on
safety and improvement of navigability of our inland waterways,"
He said development of the petroleum product pipeline from
Eldoret in northwest Kenya to Kigali, Rwanda through Kampala,
Uganda, has been unable to proceed as a Public-Private
Partnership (PPP) project.
"We need speed from the Ministries of finance in Kenya,
Uganda and Rwanda who have been directed to source financing for
this project," Odinga said.
IN OTHER COASTAL NEWS:
Two arrested by Mombasa
police for heroin trafficking
by Joy Nabukewa MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
detectives on Thursday nabbed two men for trafficking heroin in
the coastal city of Mombasa.
Following a tip-off, detectives arrested the suspects, aged
34 and 24, in an apartment in a crime-infested district of
Mombasa, said Johnstone Ipara, the port city’s police commander.
The police also seized several packets of white powder and
one million shillings (9,655 U.S. dollars) of cash on the spot,
believed to be proceeds from the illegal trade, the Kenyan
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) tweeted later in
Further testing ascertained that the confiscated drugs were
heroin, the DCI said.
Ipara told reporters that the case is still under
Drug seizures have become a common phenomenon in Mombasa, a
critical logistics hub in Kenya.