Monica Juma dismisses claims that Kenya was denied SGR loan

By Vincent Kejitan | Saturday, Apr 27th 2019 at 12:55
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Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma on Saturday dismissed claims that Kenya had been denied a loan to extend the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) beyond Naivasha.

The CS expressed her surprise at ‘strange headlines’ regarding the issue and clarified that the SGR extension was never a priority agenda during the President’s visit to China.

“Strange headlines out of Nairobi today! The relationship between Kenya and China is broader than the SGR. In fact, the SGR extension beyond Naivasha was never a priority agenda for the current mission to Beijing.

“Our focus was on growing market access, development of our industrial and special economic zones, and partnership with the private sectors for investment.

“Significantly, the first PPP deal was struck yesterday. So where is this headline coming from?” she wondered.

On Friday, Transport CS James Macharia noted that his ministry will model Naivasha as a trans-shipment centre from where cargo arriving on the SGR from Mombasa will be transferred to the existing metre gauge rail to Malaba.

“What we’ve prioritized is making sure that when goods get to Naivasha, they’re not marooned. What is important is to make sure we have connectivity by ensuring that we have a transshipment point in Naivasha from SGR to MGR,” he said.

His remarks came after word spread that the government had not secured the Sh38 billion loan for the extension of the SGR from Naivasha to Kisumu.

The Chinese government instead gave Sh40 billion for the MGR.

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