Kenya failed for the second time to get funding for the Naivasha-Malaba leg of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)

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Even after finally getting the support of the opposition and Uganda as directed by China last year, Kenya failed for the second time to get funding for the Naivasha-Malaba leg of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), putting the fate of the first two phases in jeopardy.

Instead, the government secured a paltry Sh40 billion for the upgrade of the line between Naivasha to Malaba as a compromise.

Not even flying in opposition leader Raila Odinga, who was last year appointed special infrastructure envoy in Africa to Beijing, to drum up support for the SGR convinced China to release Sh380 billion to fund the final leg of a project they began.

As a result, Kenyans has been left with a piece of infrastructure economic experts have termed as “a railway to nowhere” and which taxpayers are supposed to start paying 0.7 per cent of the economy in Chinese loans from June 2019.

In his latest visit to Beijing, President Kenyatta had hoped to secure the loan for the third leg of the railway project that would terminate at Kisumu and the change of plan must come as a major disappointment.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION

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