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Vol 57 No 10

Published 13th May 2016

Perils of the pipeline

Uganda's decision to export oil through Tanzania undermines Kenya's status as regional kingpin

The shape of East Africa's future as an oil producer became clearer on 23 April with the announcement that Uganda's crude oil pipeline would go through Tanzania. The move alters the political balance of the whole region and has left Kenya with some catching up to do. The preferred route until the second half of last year, Kenya now has a considerably less viable oil field and a damaged reputation as the heartbeat of East African integration.

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