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Protestors Rally Against Sinohydro for Polluting Water Supply in Eastern Kenya

Protests turned violent this week in eastern Kenya's Kitui County, where local activists blocked the road to a Sinohydro construction site where they claim the Chinese contractor is polluting the local water supply. Sinohydro is building the new Kibwezi-Kitui–Migwani Road that will ...

Scuffle Breaks Out When a Chinese Construction Manager Blocks Kenyan Minister From Conducting a Surprise Site Inspection

When Kenya's Transport Cabinet Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti showed up with a delegation of senior officials for an unannounced site inspection of the Sh1.7 billion Likoni floating footbridge construction project in Mombasa, the lead construction manager from the China Road Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was not happy.

Why the Lack of Chinese Transparency Undermines Trust in Kenya’s Sustainable Development

We were inching along Ngong Road, one of the major roads in Kenya that links Nairobi to Ngong town. Even at 3 in the afternoon, the traffic leading out of the capital was packed with commuters. Street-hawkers use this slowness to their advantage, going from window to ...

South Sudan Closes a Chinese-Built Highway Due to Poor Quality

South Sudan's Vice President of Infrastructure announced this week that construction of the 392km Juba-Rumbek highway to Uganda will be suspended due to quality concerns. Portions of the road were swept away during a heavy storm ...

Scandal, Low Ticket Sales Plague Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

Bad news keeps piling up for the multi-billion dollar Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway network, the centerpiece of President Uhuru Kenyatta's ambitious infrastructure development agenda. Ridership and cargo freight volumes are both coming in much lower than expected on several ...

AEI: Chinese BRI Spending Plummeted in 2019

Agathe Demarais, Global Forecasting Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, shared this compelling chart today that illustrates a dramatic drop off in Chinese investment and construction spending in 2019. She noted: Financing for BRI projects ...

Al-Shabaab Militants Attack Chinese Construction Site in Kenya

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants launched an attack on a Chinese construction crew building the 135-kilometer Lamu-Garsen road in Kenya's Lamu county. Authorities say four heavily armed militants were involved in Sunday's incident that destroyed a cement truck and an excavator. There were ...

New Infographic Highlights China’s Global Building Spree and There’s a Lot Happening in Africa

Using information compiled from AidData, a research lab at the William & Mary College Global Research Institute, the Visual Capitalist produced a compelling infographic that shows the stunning breadth of China's infrastructure building around the world, much of which is happening in Africa more than any other continent. ...

Chinese Companies Building Mausoleums for Political Leaders in Zambia, Zimbabwe

A Chinese company has been chosen to construct the much-debated mausoleum for late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. It is not the first time a Chinese company has been tasked with building shrines for the region’s political leaders.
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