Are the Chinese in Kenya's Rail Project Neo-Colonial Predators?

Officials of the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation, the builder of the Sh327 billion railway, "made a visible effort to set up mechanisms to help them engage with local communities and address their concerns," a report says. The Kenyan government and the country's political culture are seen, in contrast, as the source of many of the problems and conflicts that arose during construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa rail line, reports Kevin J. Kelley.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the cargo freight services of the standard gauge railway at the Port Reitz station in Mombasa (file photo).


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