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Away with the fairies, dreaming of real freedom - 6 days ago, 15:28

Charles Onyango-o ...

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio was in Kampala last week, visiting President Yoweri Museveni.

He seemed to have had a hugely euphoric effect on Museveni, because the Ugandan chief announced that Uganda is to construct a railway line through Central Africa to the Atlantic Ocean to boost trade between East and West Africa, according to various reports.

Eyebrows were raised so high they touched the ceiling. Cynics suggested, sensibly, that perhaps Museveni could start by fixing the long-dead Ugandan railway, or the short bit between the Kenyan border and Kampala, as a trial run.

That is not to mention the much-touted Kenya-Uganda-Rwanda standard gauge railway, on which we were supposed to be riding by now.

Uganda has a long history of presidential flight of fancy. Campaigning in 1980, after the fall of military dictator Idi Amin, former president Milton Obote famously promised that he would return Uganda to great prosperity “with the ...
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