KAMPALA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Friday it expects to finalise a $2.2 billion loan deal with China’s Exim bank by the end of the year to pay for part of a railway line to connect Kenya’s Mombasa seaport with Kampala. Uganda has also reached an agreement with Kenya where the two countries have committed to work on the project simultaneously with the aim of completing it by 2022. The new so-called standard gauge railway (SGR) line will replace an existing old line to help to make shipments faster and cheaper. China is helping to fund the project in both countries. As in other areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, China has become a major investor in Uganda. It has mostly put money into roads, hydro power dams, fibre optic cable networks and other infrastructure, usually offering cheap loans. Uganda’s Works and Transport Minister Monica Azuba Ntege told a news conference in Kampala negotiations with Exim bank were in “advanced stages.” “Their team … [Read more...] about Uganda to finalise China loan for new railway by year-end
Exclusive Details Kanye West's season of giving continued in Uganda ... with tons of kids getting Yeezys!! Ye and Kim Kardashian West surprised a bunch of kids as their tour of the east African country continues. But first, they had to get there ... and our sources say none other than the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, gave Kimye permission to use his presidential helicopter so they could be flown to a kids' charity event. Kanye didn't waste time rapping for the kids ... who went wild as soon as they saw him and Kim. The kids sang but things got really wild when Kanye brought out several bags loaded with Yeezys. You gotta see their reaction ... frankly, it's just heartwarming. As you know ... Kanye gifted President Trump a pair of Yeezys last week, and also surprised the President of Uganda with his own pair. Neither was nearly as excited as these kids. Well played, Ye! … [Read more...] about Kanye West Hands Out Dozens of Yeezys in Uganda
KAMPALA (Reuters) - The death toll from a landslide in Uganda last week has risen to 43 and displaced residents deemed most at risk in the disaster-prone region will be resettled immediately, the government said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A man crosses the Sume river carrying an empty coffin on his head after a landslide rolled down the slopes of Mt. Elgon through their village of Wanjenwa in Bududa district, Uganda, October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Newton Nambwaya/File Photo Torrential rains unleashed a deluge of boulders, mud and water down Mount Elgon near the border with Kenya, uprooting trees, pulverizing homes and burying residents in the town of Bukalasi and some nearby villages. Landslides have become more common in mountainous parts of the East African country in recent years because of expanding settlement and cultivation that have denuded mountainsides of forest cover and other vegetation. A government statement put the final death toll at 43, up from an initial figure of … [Read more...] about Uganda says landslide death toll rises to 43, begins relocations
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are apparently making this a thing ... meeting with heads of states. Kimye met with the President of Uganda Yoweri K. Museveni Monday during their trip to Africa. The President tweeted, "I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda's tourism and the arts." The Prez went on ... "I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true pearl of Africa." meeting in the Oval with President Trump ... where the American Prez also scored a pair of Yeezys. As we've reported ... Kanye's in Africa working on his next album. Big Sean's there too. They'll be producing music and shooting some videos during the trip. And, while it seems like strictly business for Ye, he's brought North and Kim along for the trip too. … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Meet President of Uganda
What you’re looking at could very well be the worst looking thing we’ve ever seen on four wheels. This abomination used to be a Toyota Celica, but it’s now been turned into something so strange looking it can barely be considered an automobile. Crocodile-inspired-Star-Wars-battleship-monstrosity is probably a more apt description. These images, recently shared on Reddit, appeared from a Facebook post listing the car for sale. A little bit of digging reveals that the car was created by a bodywork shop in Kampala, Uganda, and all of its new exterior body panels are made from lightweight fiberglass. Uganda must have very relaxed laws about what can be driven on the road, because there’s simply no way such a vehicle would be legal anywhere else. For example, the ‘front bumper’ (that’s a very loose description) now extends multiple feet out of the front of the car and consists of three massive spikes, seemingly inspired by the teeth of a crocodile … [Read more...] about World’s Most Absurd Toyota Celica Comes From… Uganda?