Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader Musalia Mudavadi wants Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani and his Transport and Infrastructure counterpart James Macharia to come out clear on what will be the fate of the ongoing construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Mudavadi said Kenyans wants to know what will happen days after a Court of Appeal landmark ruling that SGR faulted the required procurement laws.
Justices Martha Koome, Gatembu Kairu and Jamila Mohamed poked holes in the whole procedure in a case that was filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and activist Okiya Omutata.
Musalia who has acknowledged that the SGR project is one of the largest single investments Kenya has made up to date, says that the value of the project should be felt in the lives of the Kenyans and the economy of the region at large.
Citing the ruling by the appellate court, the ANC Leader now wants the two Cabinet Secretaries to furnish Kenyans with the true picture of what transpired since the project so far has been funded by the tax payer’s money.
“The fundamental question that we ask is that if so much money has been spent through a process that has been found to have been riddled with illegalities what does that mean for the money that has already been spent by the Kenyan people?” posed Mudavadi.
[The launch of the SGR on 1st June 2017 in Mombasa. Photo/courtesy].
Musalia who has been on the fore front agitating for avenues that will see Kenya renegotiate her public debt with its donors says the pronouncement by the Court of Appeal now puts Kenya at cross roads with the international donor communities and in particular China, one of the key financiers of the SGR project.
“Clearly some of these resources are borrowed funds or funds through which the tax payer in Kenya will have to bare the payments,” said Musalia.
Mudavadi also demanded that Macharia and Yattani explain how the situation will play out with the country’s international friends.
He raised concerns that China, being a close economic player of the country may take steps over the illegalities pronounced by the court.
“How will this pronouncement play out in the broader debt profile that is hurting the Kenyan people and how will it impact on the possible discussions that require rescheduling and restructuring of the Kenyan debt?” noted Mr. Mudavadi.