Uganda Can Meet China Loan Terms, Keep Airport, Legal Head Says

Uganda’s chief legal officer urged the Finance Ministry to refrain from renegotiating the terms of a $200 million Chinese loan as it is able to meet its debt obligations, Bloomberg News reported. The agreement signed in 2015 with the Export-Import Bank of China to fund the expansion of the Entebbe Airport came with several contentious clauses, including one that could see the lender take ownership of the facility in the event of a default. It’s unnecessary to rework the clauses as the nation is capable of meeting its obligations, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka was cited as saying in a statement on the Parliament of Uganda’s website. “Contracts in our view are bad when you put out obligations which are impossible of performance,” Kiwanuka said. “The obligation in this contract is all capable of performance.” Read more.