28 January 2014

Kenya: Railway Project Must Go On - President Kenyatta

Photo: Nation
Railway line construction (file photo).

President Uhuru Kenyatta tight the nuts of the standard gauge railway line as first lady Margaret Kenyatta, deputy president William Ruto, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho look on. Photo/Norbert Allan

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the standard gauge railway project will go on despite opposition from "commercial interests in and out of the country."

The president said this in a press briefing at State House, where he invited anyone with information that would prove the railway tender awarded to Chinese company China Road and Bridge Corporation to be unconstitutional, to come forth with information to the Public Investments Committee.

Uhuru said that the tendering process was above board and that all due diligence was followed before the Sh 327 billion project was awarded to the company.

The president further reiterated that the railway project would be delivered on time as his government is "irreversibly committed to its development agenda." Attorney General Githu Muigai who was also at the briefing distanced himself from any allegations of opposition to the railway tendering process.

Muigai said that any comments made contrary to the legality of the process were mentioned out of context by the media. Muigai earlier this month said that the entire procurement process was conducted unconstitutionally and warranted being halted.

President Kenyatta while fielding questions from the press dismissed reports of an intended increase of cabinet secretaries saying that for the moment there are no plans to add more numbers.

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