Tanzania delegation in Uganda ahead of signing of oil deal

Tanzania’s delegation for the tripartite meeting with Uganda and oil firm Total arrived in Kampala on Friday, ahead of the crude oil pipeline contract being signed on Sunday. 

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the meeting in a tweet, saying he had received special envoys sent by Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu. 

“We discussed, among others, issues to do with land compensation during the oil pipeline construction,” wrote President Museveni.

The talks will end with the signing of the agreements on Sunday, according to a top official from Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

President Suluhu is scheduled to arrive in Entebbe on Sunday for the signing of the deal, which will be her first State visit since succeeding late President John Magufuli on March 19. 

Magufuli was scheduled to arrive in Kampala on March 22 for the three-way signing of the contract with Total, the lead investor from France. 

After his death, Kampala declared that the contract would be signed in early April, paving the way for the construction of a 1440-kilometer export pipeline from Western Uganda to Tanga, Tanzania’s Indian Ocean port.

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