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Vol 56 No 10

Published 15th May 2015


The runaway gravy train

The history of the Standard Gauge Railway reveals rivalry between Chinese state companies as well as blatant corruption in Kampala

Ballooning costs and a flurry of accusations among the highest officials in the Ugandan government are taking a severe toll of the Ugandan part of East Africa's biggest infrastructure project, the Standard Gauge Railway. Much as it has in Kenya, the grandiose scheme, which has extraordinary potential to transform trade in the region, has become bogged down in opaque deals, litigation and delays.

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