The route to Tanga: How big oil deal slipped from Kenya’s hands

Nairobi might be cosy with Kampala, what with the geo-strategic maths and all. But in the crude business of building economies, the mushy tom-toms of the heart tend to lose to clarity of thought. ILLUSTRATION| FILE

What you need to know:

  • Ugandan technocrats had always insisted that nothing worked in Kenya’s favour, but President Yoweri Museveni had a small problem to deal with; Uhuru Kenyatta is a close ally, and how to eliminate Kenya, a long-standing bilateral partner, from the equation proved to be a very delicate affair.
  • In the end, the numbers won over the mushy business of bosom buddies and regional geopolitics.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is usually a very jolly man, but at the 13th Northern Corridor Infrastructure Summit held at the weekend in Kampala, Uganda, he appeared to be the opposite of his usual self.

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