Tanzania promises Uganda of added impetus in execution of strategic projects

By Lake Zone Watch writer

Tanzania will continue strengthening the existing historical friendly relations with neighbouring Uganda for the benefit of the two countries.

Delivering a speech yesterday to mark 61 years of Uganda’s independence anniversary at Kitgum, north of the country, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Dr Doto Biteko, said Tanzania values the latter’s socio-economic development attained since 1962 when colonialism was ended.

“Your Excellency I congratulate you and all Ugandans on this day of 61 years of independence. We promise to continue our cooperation of building the economies of the two countries and the East African region as a whole,” he said.

He praised East Africa’s elder statesman President Yoweri Museveni for the consolidation of East African unity since he came to power in 1986.

Both Tanzania and Uganda are cooperating in the building of a 1,445-kilometre-long pipeline from the oil wells in western Uganda to Tanzania’s seaport of Tanga. It will be the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world because of Uganda’s oil being waxy.

The two countries are also engaged in such key sectors as energy, tourism, and agriculture.

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