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DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) said on Friday its passenger train services between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia will reopen in September.

A statement issued by TAZARA headquarters in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said TAZARA passenger train services between the two destinations were suspended in March 2020, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement said the services will resume immediately after the reopening of the Chambeshi railway bridge on the Chambeshi River in northeastern Zambia. The reopening of the bridge has been delayed due to unforeseen challenges faced in completing the works by the engineering contractor, said the statement.

"The repairs are now expected to end by August 30 and the reopening of the line is consequently rescheduled to happen around September 15, 2022, after line testing," said the statement.

On Aug. 2, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Zambian counterpart Hakainde Hichilema agreed to mobilize resources to revive the TAZARA railway to make it modern and vibrant.

TAZARA was constructed as a turnkey project between 1970 and 1975 through an interest-free loan from China, with commercial operations starting in July 1976, covering 1,860 kilometers from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. - Xinhua


NAIROBI, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Kenya has launched a month-long photo exhibition to market Mount Kenya as a prime adventure tourism destination.

Najib Balala, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, said in a speech read on his behalf by Edwin Wanyonyi, the director for Partnership and Enterprise at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), that the exhibition seeks to arouse the interest of foreign and domestic tourists to visit the iconic landmark.

"There is a big potential for more visitors to tour the iconic Mount Kenya, hence the need to continue harnessing resources to improve the visitor experience and to appeal to more adventure seekers and mountain climbers," Wanyonyi said during the launch Tuesday evening in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa, standing at 5,199 meters, and is one of the key adventure tourism destinations on the continent.

Wanyonyi said that KWS plans to transform the heritage site into a popular rendezvous for fun seekers.

"We plan to enhance the experience in our adventure parks by refurbishing and upgrading the visitor facilities," he disclosed.

The KWS official revealed that Mount Kenya also provides visitors with opportunities for sport fishing, camping, cave exploration, cultural and hiking experiences.

Betty Radier, chief executive officer of the Kenya Tourism Board, said that Mount Kenya is one of the key attractions highlighted by the country's new tourism strategy that aims at showcasing and giving visitors life-changing experiences. - Xinhua


President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially opened the new ultra-modern Kisumu Railway Station located on Busia Road next to Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) as he commences his 3-day working tour of Nyanza and Western Kenya regions.

The President first landed on Monday evening in Miwani where he inspected rehabilitation works of a viaduct on the Nakuru-Kisumu railway line implemented by the Kenya Defence Forces.

The president later visited the Kisumu Railways station where he officially opened the facility.

The station was constructed as part of rehabilitation works of the Nakuru-Kisumu railway and the re-introduction of passenger service on the route.

It is equipped with a spacious ticketing zone, lounge and powerful public address system.

Next to the Railway Station is a business complex with 50,000 square feet of commercial rental space available to traders looking to benefit from the high human and small cargo traffic using the facility.

While addressing the leaders including locals, the President lauded KDF for their work and also the NYS saying infrastructure was key to unlocking the economy, building it and creating more wealth and employment opportunities for thousands of jobless people.

He said with the Railways the cost of Transport has reduced and people can now travel affordably.

On Tuesday, the However on Tuesday, the head of state will oversee the official commissioning of the Kisumu Shipyards Limited at Kisumu pier.

He is also expected to oversee the floatation of the MV Uhuru II ship which is nearing completion.

The Sh2.4 billion vessel with a capacity of 1,800 tonnes was being built at the Kenya Shipyard Limited's Kisumu facility by Kenyan agencies, including the KDF, in partnership with Dutch firm-Damen shipyards.

This is the first ship to be constructed and locally assembled in the country which has given the country a great milestone as it positions itself to tap into the potential of Lake transport and the blue economy.

According to the Kenya Shipyard Limited, assembling the ship locally has saved the Kenyan taxpayers Sh1.3 billion an amount that would have been used for imports.

It will complement the old MV Uhuru 1 built-in 1966 and being operated by Kenya Railways, currently ferrying goods mainly petroleum products to Uganda.

MV Uhuru 1 has a capacity of 1,260 tones.

Completion of MV Uhuru II will bring the total Kenya vessel capacity at the Port of Kisumu to above 3,060 tonnes. - FAITH MATETE, The Star

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