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Road accidents: Blame road designers, not drivers, says new Report

Every time an accident happens on our roads, traffic police are quick to blame over-speeding, drink driving, reckless driving or carelessness on the part of the pedestrian/cyclist. That is, blame is always placed on human error. Now, a new report says humans make mistakes anyway, and so authorities need to move away from apportioning blame to the road users, and shifting it to the road makers-city planners and road designers. It argues further that if countries make this paradigm shift, road accidents will be considerably reduced.

Nairobi to get cable cars to beat traffic jam

By Jacob Okwii.

In a move to decongest the roads and beat the habitually excruciating traffic jams in Nairobi, the Kenyan government has signed a contract with an Austrian company to construct infrastructure for cable cars.

The works to be undertaken by Doppelmayr Group starting in May this year, is worth Ksh5.8 billion ($57.2 million).

East Africa energy & infrastructure summit set for Kampala

A summit intended to discuss how to unlock investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and to whet investor appetite on the sectors in East Africa, will take place in Kampala between 6 -8 February 2018.

The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure summit, organised by the UK based Energynet, will bring together representatives of government from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The summit will attract leaders of utility and regulatory companies, international financiers, donor organisations, power developers from within and without the region,

Lirima Gravity Flow Scheme launched

President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the first phase and performed the ground-breaking for the second phase, of the Lirima Gravity Flow Scheme on River Lwakhakha in Bukhoho Sub-County, Namisindwa district.

Funded by the African Development Bank under the Water Supply and Sanitation Program 1, the first phase of the scheme has installed water supplies in the sub counties of Bukokho, Bumbo, Magale, Bubutu, Bunabwana, Butiru and Sisuni.

Crude Oil rises to US$70 per barrel, as Uganda inches closer to getting her oil out of the ground

By Jacob Okwii.

The price of Brent crude this week went up to US$68 a barrel. Analysts believe the price is likely to continue on the bullish side owing to robust global demand growth, low US production and OPEC-Russia production cuts to the global supply.

Last week, Reuters quoted Goldman Sachs as saying, “This rally (of crude) has been driven first by robust fundamentals, with strong demand growth and high OPEC compliance accelerating. We see increasing upside risks to our $62 per barrel Brent and $57.5 per barrel WTI forecast for the coming months.”