The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2014

Kenya: Wetang'ula Ready to Give Evidence in Railway Deal

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The National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing has summoned government officials on the controversial Standard Gauge Railway tender (file photo).

BUNGOMA Senator Moses Wetang'ula has accused the Jubilee government of getting involved in a scandal three times bigger than the Anglo Leasing and Goldenberg scandals. He said the standard gauge railway construction is a huge financial scandal that should be investigated.

"Evidence so far gathered indicate that unidentified government officials have already pocketed huge amounts of money from the project," Wetang'ula said. He called on President Uhuru to cancel the contract for the Mombasa- Malaba railway line to save the taxpayer further losses.

"It is only through cancellation that the government will demonstrate its commitment in fighting high-level graft," Wetang'ula said. He said he is ready to provide evidence to prove his claims. Wetang'ula said as the Leader of Minority in the Senate, he will remain steadfast in the fight against graft in government.

"I will never be cowed, this is my duty and responsibility to protect Kenyans from such exploitation," he said. Wetang'ula was speaking at Sango village in Likuyani subcounty during the homecoming party for county representative Mulanda Tali on Sunday. He said the ban on night travel for public service vehicles is against the Jubilee government's pledge to develop a 24-hour economy.

Wetang'ula said road accidents in the country result from corruption and lack of commitment by traffic police officers and not the hours of travel. "The late John Michuki returned sanity to our roads in a period of two weeks," he said.

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