President Samia Suluhu Hassan is set to visit Uganda on Sunday 11 April 2021 for purpose of signng off an Oil Pipeline project which was initially scheduled for March 22, 2021 but was rescheduled following the death of then-President, John Pombe Magufuli that occurred on March ,17.
“The Tanzanian president will be on her journey in a few hours for talks, which will climax with the signing ceremony on Sunday,” the official said. This is President Suluhu’s first state visit since her elevation to replace the late John Pombe Magufuli, as the president of Tanzania last month.
With a total investment of $3.5Bn, it is said the pipeline will increase Foreign Direct Investment in Uganda by 60%.
“Something major is expected to happen this weekend, regarding Uganda’s oil,” said Herbert Ssempogo, Senior Corporate Affairs Officer at the Uganda National Oil Company.
The late Magufuli was due in Kampala on March 22 for the three-way signing of the crude oil export pipeline deal between the governments of Uganda and Tanzania and the French oil giant Total, the lead investor.
However, he died before the due date,Kampala then announced that the deal would be signed the early half of April, to pave the way for the construction of the 1440km export pipeline from Western Uganda to the Tanzanian Indian Ocean Port of Tanga.