Kenya, Uganda to extend oil pipeline from Eldoret to Kampala

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is on a two-day State visit to Kenya.

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Kenya and Uganda have agreed to jointly extend the oil pipeline from Eldoret to Uganda in a deal that will see Kampala import refined petroleum products directly through Nairobi.

The extension, Nairobi says, will facilitate trade relations between the two nations.

The two countries also signed a tripartite agreement paving the way for the Uganda National Oil Company to import petroleum products through the port of Mombasa.

"The agreement on the importation and transit of refined petroleum products through Kenya to Uganda whose signing we've just witnessed enables Uganda National Oil Company Limited to import refined petroleum products directly from producers in different jurisdictions thus bringing to an end the challenges faced by Uganda," President Ruto said, adding that the move serves to bring to an end to the myriad of challenges faced by the sector in Uganda.

The Head of State was speaking in Nairobi when he met with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, who is on a two-day State visit to Kenya.

The visit comes a day after the conclusion of the Uganda-Kenya Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) in Kampala.

During the JMC, Nairobi and Kampala pledged to ensure prompt and full implementation of the decisions taken during the meetings.

President Museveni's visit, Dr Ruto said, reaffirmed the duo's commitment to do even more for the two countries.

The two presidents, Dr Ruto said, will "continuously provide support to make sure the new agreement is functioning and mutually beneficial".

"Kenya and Uganda are firmly united by relations deeply rooted in shared history and culture and aspirations for regional peace and prosperity," president Ruto stated.

Uganda and Kenya have also agreed to extend the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Uganda and eventually to the Democratic Republic of Congo.