Is this a classic example of grand corruption endorsed by H. E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya?
By Okiya Omtatah
Tanzanian Minister of Transport Samuel Sitta told the country’s Parliament on May 30, 2015, that a Chinese consortium led by China Railway Materials had competitively won the tender and had been awarded a US$7â€¢6bn contract to build a 2,561 km standard gauge railway (SGR) from Dar es Salaam to Burundi and Rwanda. That works out to some US$2,967,590 per km (i.e., 7,600,000,000 / 2,561 = 2,967,590).
In Kenya, the China Road and Bridge Corporation was secretly and illegally single-sourced to build the 472 km Mombasa – Nairobi SGR at US$3.8bn. That works out to some US$8,050,847 per km (i.e., 3,800,000,000 / 472 = 8,050,847).
Unlike in Tanzania where the minister responsible made the announcement in the country’s Parliament about their SGR project, H. E. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, flanked by his entire Cabinet on January 29, 2014, said, in response to criticism that the project had been procured corruptly and was, therefore, a conduit for looting public coffers, that he would not allow anybody to derail the project.
H. E. the President said he had personally visited China in July 2013 and pleaded with the Chinese government to assist Kenya financially and technically to build the SGR.
Most intriguingly, the Kenyan President dismissed critics of the SGR project a day after the officials of China Road and Bridge Corporation failed to appear for their appointment with a parliamentary committee that was “investigating” alleged fraud in the matter.
Your Excellency President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, why should the SGR in Tanzania cost only US$2,967,590 per km and in Kenya US$8,050,847 per km?
“What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of the fish?” (Luke 11:11)
Okiya Omtatah Okoiti’