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New Documents Unveiled in Kenya’s Court of Appeals Puroportedly Reveal Massive SGR Over-Spending

The embattled Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya that now faces a critical test as to whether it will be able to survive the worsening economic crisis. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

New documents have emerged that reportedly reveal widespread corruption and over-spending in the building of the Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. These documents are part of the ongoing case in front of Kenya’s Court of Appeals in a suit against the government led activist Okiya Omtatah.

  • PRICE INFLATION: Supposedly “top secret tender documents” allege that the various Chinese companies who built the SGR inflated their costs by a staggering $287 million (sh29 billion). (THE STANDARD)
  • OVER SPENDING: $13 million was reportedly spent to support five engineers supervising the construction of the SGR.  The costs were largely on salaries, housing and staff, according to the documents unveiled this week in court. (THE STANDARD)

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