Railway to check into Rwanda

November 19, 2008

, URUGWIRO, November 19 – Rwanda will be incorporated in the Joint Ministerial Committee working on the Kenya-Uganda Railway with a view to extending it to Kigali, President Mwai Kibaki has said.

Speaking during bilateral talks with Rwanda\’s President Paul Kagame on Tuesday evening, President Kibaki pointed out that the extension of the railway line would not only promote trade but also boost the existing good relations between the two countries.

The bilateral talks were held at President Kagame\’s Urugwiro Village office in Kigali.

President Kibaki also expressed the need for Kenya to learn from Rwanda on conflict management and restorative justice in regard to the Gachacha courts.

During the meeting, Rwanda agreed to ease work permit requirements for Kenyans while Kenya waived permits for Rwandans who want to work or do business in Kenya. There are about 2,000 Kenyans currently working or doing business in Rwanda.

President Kagame thanked President Kibaki for his efforts aimed at promoting the integration of the East African region, saying his visit to Rwanda signals his commitment to the strengthening of the East African Community.

Present were Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Ministers Moses Wetangula, Amazon Kingi, Dalmas Otieno, Mohammed Kuti, Otieno Kajwang\’, Noah Wekesa , Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi and Kenya\’s ambassador to Rwanda Alex Ketter.

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