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Tanzania President John Magufuli (left) with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda shortly after the bilateral meeting at Arusha State Lodge on February 30, 2016. There have been cries that Kenya is being “isolated” by the other East African countries especially after Uganda snubbed several joint projects in favour of Tanzania. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • One of the fanciest hospitals and East Africa’s first tele-medicine hospital is Butaro, in western Rwanda. It was built in one of the most far-flung parts of the country.

  • There was criticism when the hospital was being built, with accusations that it was a “waste” to locate it in the wilderness and that it would turn into a white elephant.

  • Shortly after opening, hundreds of Ugandans swept across the border, travelling to be attended to at the hospital.

There has been a lot of hand-wringing, and even alarm, in Kenya since Uganda decided to route its oil pipeline through Tanzania and Rwanda gave up the standard gauge railway and also decided to go with a line through Tanzania.


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