Kenya unrest stalls rail traffic
By George Obulutsa
NAIROBI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A private consortium managing the
railway line between Kenya and Uganda said on Monday Kenya's
post-election unrest had paralysed traffic, severing landlocked
Uganda's trade lifeline to the port of Mombasa.
"RVR has suffered extensive losses following the wave of political
protests occasioned by the post-election violence ... which we've
assessed at more than 15 million (Kenyan) shillings ($210,500) per
day," Roy Puffet, Rift Valley Railways' (RVR) managing director,
Unrest erupted in Kenya after President Mwai Kibaki's disputed
re-election on Dec. 27. During the ensuing chaos, parts of the
railway in Kenya leading to Uganda were vandalised, crippling
services between the two countries.
The disruption has paralysed a large chunk of landlocked Uganda's
imports and exports, especially to the port at Kenya's coastal
Puffet told Reuters in an email that RVR had incurred a further
cost of 20 million shillings to repair lines damaged during the
protests in the capital Nairobi and western Kenya.
(Editing by Tony Austin)