Kenya, Ethiopia sign oil pipeline dealStaff writer ▼ | June 24, 2016
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn signed the agreement on construction of the Nakuru-Isiolo-Moyale-Hawassa-Addis and Lamu-Isiolo-Moyale-Hawassa pipelines.
Oil transport Kenya was left in the cold
These facilities include linking roads between the two countries, an international airport at Isiolo and a sea port in Lamu.
Kenya was left in the cold after Uganda and Rwanda opted to use the Tanzania route for transport projects.
Uganda chose to use Tanzania for its pipeline route. Rwanda announced it would also opt for Tanzania in the construction of its Standard Gauge Railway.
Both countries had argued it would be expensive to build the facilities through Kenya, which also could not guarantee security for them.
The two leaders said the commitment to Lapssett is still strong and vowed to speed up the construction. They signed five agreements on energy, animal health, education and sports.
To improve relations further, the two countries will also hold an annual joint marathon event.
Ethiopia and Kenya have produced some of the best long-distance athletes in world championships ■