Propaganda campaign to make China look bad in Uganda

On November 25, an article appeared in Uganda’s national newspaper the Daily Monitor with the headline: “Uganda surrenders airport for China cash.” The article pointed to “toxic clauses” in the loan agreement signed by the Ugandan government with the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China on March 31, 2015.

The loan, worth US$207 million at 2% interest, was for the expansion of Entebbe International Airport, a project under the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Work on the expansion of the airport began in May 2016.

The article in the Daily Monitor, which was written by Yasiin Mugerwa, said the Chinese authorities were going to take control of the airport because of the failure of Uganda to pay off the loan.

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