Rwanda Finance Minister Claver Gatete said developing of proposed rail links through Tanzania to ports on the Indian Ocean would be cheaper and shorter compared to the Kenya route.
According to studies the Tanzania option to cost somewhere between $800 million and $900 million where as the Kenyan route to cost $1 billion.
Gatete said, “We are working on the Dar es Salaam one, which will be cheaper because it’s the shortest route.”
In 2013 Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda agreed to link by rail route the Kenyan port of Mombasa for an estimated cost of $13 billion and the project to be completed by March 2018.
Earlier this month it was reported Rwanda was in talks with Tanzania as well as Burundi for a shared route as Uganda is planning for a link to South Sudan on the north and this would delay the project.
Kenya had earlier too lost a plan for development of regional infrastructure. Magufuli opted for a pipeline in western Uganda instead.
Meanwhile, it is learned the rail route to link Kigali to a part in Dar es Salaam. Also, a new rail route is also under process from Isaka to Kigali. It will have a branch to Musongati in Burundi too.
Rwanda said it needs the port in Tanzania as well as in Kenya to its trade that goes through Dar es Salaam and Mombasa.