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Uganda to build oil pipeline through Tanzania 

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 16, 2016 shows Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni addressing supporters during a rally of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni extended his three-decade rule on February 20, 2016, winning a fifth term with 60 percent of the vote in the country's election, poll officials said. "The commission declares Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the elected President of the Republic of Uganda," Election Commission chief Badru Kiggundu said as he read results. / AFP / Isaac Kasamani

Johannesburg – Uganda will build a pipeline to transport its oil through Tanzania, rejecting the possibility of another route through Kenya, the newspaper Saturday Monitor reported.

President Yoweri Museveni announced the decision at an East African summit in Kampala on Saturday.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com

The president said the 1,400-kilometre pipeline would pass from Hoima in western Uganda to the Tanzanian port of Tanga.

The 4-billion-dollar project will be funded by the French oil giant Total, which has been licensed to operate in Uganda together withBritain’s Tullow Oil and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Saturday Monitor reported.

The project will be the first major oil pipeline in eastern Africa. Uganda’s oil reserves are estimated at about 6.5 billion barrels.
Kenya plans to build its own pipeline from Lokichar in the north-west, where oil has also been discovered, to the island of Lamu, Museveni said.

– Africa News Agency

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