The South African-led concessionaire Rift Valley Railway Consortium is due to take over management of the Kenya and Uganda railways on 1 July. The consortium, led by Sheltam Trade Close with participation by Comzar of South Africa, Kenya's Primefuels, Mirambo Holdings of Tanzania and South Africas CDIO Institute for Africa Development Trust, was originally due to assume responsibility for the railway in March this year but the transfer was delayed after employees of the parastatal Uganda Railways filed a court case demanding pension payments before the take-over. The 25-year concession is part of efforts to foster economic integration in the region. Rift Valley Railway Consortium is expected to upgrade infrastructure and rolling stock and increase railway traffic by 75 per cent.

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