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Kenya’s Treasury Chief Refutes Media Reports that the Port of Mombasa is at Risk of Forfeiture to China

Kenya’s Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani denied, again, on Monday that the Port of Mombasa could be handed over to China in the event that Kenya Railways is unable to repay its SGR debt. Yattani responded to a front-page story in The Star newspaper that claimed Kenya’s Auditor General Nancy Gathungu maintains the port is indeed at risk of forfeiture.

The Star report claimed that Gathungu submitted a report to Parliament alleging that Kenya waived its sovereign immunity in the event of a default on the $2.4 billion loan. The issue of a similar sovereign immunity clause in a Chinese loan contract was also a very big concern last year in Nigeria.

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