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SGR contract must be made public- activists

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[The passenger train. Photo/courtesy].

By a letter dated 29 April 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta was requested and required, inter alia, to make public within 7 days the details of the contract between Kenya and China for the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway

However, the President according to the activists led by Landless human rights organisation Njonjo Mue has failed, refused or neglected to make the said contract public.

This has led to the issuance of a Peoples Proclamation demanding that the other Party to the contract make full disclosure of the details of the said contract and outlining the consequences of the failure to do so.

Mue said details of the said contract between the Government of Kenya and CRBC for the construction of the SGR has never been made public despite a promise made by the President in December 2018 to publish it.

According to Mr. Mue, the Kenyan people now wants the contract for the construction, operation and maintenance of the SGR that was signed for and on behalf of Kenyans.

“We the People of Kenya are constitutionally and morally entitled to know the full details of the said contract in order to be aware of the full extent of our indebtedness including any collateral or security given or pledged by our Government to the CRBC or the Peoples Republic of China in the event of default and we must know the content of the contract,” said Mr. Mue.

He said Government of the Peoples Republic of China, through its Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Wu Peng, has also failed, refused and neglected to disclose the details of the said contract citing the alleged need for confidentiality to protect certain unspecified commercial interests

 

 

 

 

 

In a letter dated Thursday, 6, 2021, the human rights defender wants China President Xi Jinping to make the contract public or else the activists will declare the contract as null and void and that it should not be furnished by Kenyan people.

 

“The Proclamation gives your government seven days of the date thereof (i.e. by CoB 13th May 2021) to make full disclosure of the details of the SGR contract failing which We the People of Kenya shall be entitled to assume that the said contract does not exist and we shall cease any and all further repayment of moneys allegedly owing to CRBC, CCCC, the Peoples Republic of China and their successors and assigns on the basis of what is essentially a ghost contract,” read part of the statement.