Kenya and Tanzania’s heads of state President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Samia Suluhu signed a Sh100 billion deal at the State House, Nairobi, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

The signed deal will see Tanzania construct a 600km gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa through Tanga at the cost of Sh100 billion.

542-kilometre Gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam PHOTO/COURTESY

Construction of the gas pipeline will begin as soon as the negotiations at the State House are complete.

Uhuru and Suluhu signed the deal when they held a 2-hour meeting at the State House Nairobi, before giving a joint press briefing on Tuesday.

Tanzanian president Suluhu arrived in the country this morning for a 2-day state visit on an official invitation by President Uhuru.

Samia Suluhu arriving at JKIA PHOTO/COURTESY.

The two heads of state are geared towards strengthening diplomatic ties between their two countries that recently suffered some hiccups.

"We are not only neighbours geographically, but have other elements in common such as culture, language and shared heritage," said Uhuru.

President Suluhu also acknowledged Kenya’s efforts on investment in the East African Community and taking the 5th position in Africa.

Kenya recently missed out on a similar deal with Uganda when Uganda’s president signed an oil pipeline with Suluhu.

Samia Suluhu signs East African Crude Oil Pipeline deal at State House Entebbe with Yoweri Museveni. PHOTO/COURTESY.