Riding the Rift Valley Railway

Working with, De Correspondent (Netherlands), The Daily Reporter (Kenya), The Observer (Uganda) and MO (Belgium) Finance Uncovered published an investigation into the Rift Valley Railway, the historic railroad connecting Kampala to the port of Mombasa. The investigation developed a project of Patrick Mayoyo, one of our members from Kenya and involved journalists from Belgium and the UK. It was supported by a grant from the Journalism Fund.

In this investigation our team reveals that the World Bank has opened an inquiry into potential embezzlement of public funds after international development institutions invested over $140m into the line. We travel from Nairobi to Mombassa to find out why RVR has gone off the rails.  

The photographs were taken by Berber Verpoest, who worked on the story with Patrick, and George Turner.


Posted by George Turner

George is an investigative journalist and the Director of Tax Watch UK. He is a former Finance Uncovered reporter and one of our key trainers. Before entering the world of journalism he worked for a senior politician in the UK, and wrote a paper on how the murky world of offshore finance in the UK water industry was giving customers a raw deal. He has written articles on tax avoidance, corruption and the broken housing market. His articles have appeared on the front pages of newspapers in Germany, the UK and South Africa.