By Damali Mukhaye and Nobert Atukunda
The Ministry of Works and Transport says it will need at least Shs9.5bn to have a suitable railway line as an alternative for transporting cargo across the East African region.
This is after experts recommended the use of railway transport to minimize the use of trucks as many truck drivers have so far tested positive for COVID-19.
Currently, Uganda over at least the past one week has registered an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases due to the truck drivers which has created worry among Ugandans, calling on authorities to intervene.
Gen Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport now says the money would be needed for refurbishment of some of the locomotives, maintaining the wagons, put back MV Kawa which is now undergoing repair.
During his previous address on COVID-19, President Yoweri Museveni said handling cargo by plane and train is much easier and only requires refurbishment of locomotives.