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Nigerian Minister Blames “Selfish Lawmakers” for Jeoparidizing Chinese Railway Loans

Nigeria's outspoken Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi accused lawmakers in the House of Representatives of being "selfish" for launching a probe into a 2018 Chinese loan agreement. Representatives erroneously thought that the waiver of a sovereign immunity clause in the loan contract ...

President John Magufuli’s Unexpected Death Comes at a Critical Time in Sino-Tanzania Relations

Chinese diplomatic missions in Africa responded with condolences early Thursday morning to the news that Tanzanian President John Magufuli passed away from heart complications on Wednesday. President Magufuli had been out of sight ...

The Star Editorial Board: SGR Needs to Go Regional to Repay Its Chinese Creditors

Kenya needs to invest even more money into the embattled SGR if the railway has any chance of becoming financially self-sufficient to the point where it can repay its Chinese creditors, according to an editorial in today's The Star newspaper. For ...

MP: Rampant Corruption, Poor Planning and “Pooh Pooh” Leadership to Blame for SGR’s Woes (Not China)

Kenyan Member of Parliament Kitutu Chache gave a very entertaining assessment of why the Standard Gauge Railway is facing so many difficulties which all, more or else in his view, relate to poor leadership and governance. ...

Kenya to Take Control of Some SGR Responsibilities Ahead of Schedule in an Effort to Reduce Debt Burden

Kenya Railways (KR) and Afristar, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation, have agreed to transfer some of the responsibilities of operating the embattled Standard Gauge Railway years ahead of schedule as part of an effort to reduce the financial burden on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

What We’ve Lost in the Fire

This weekend was a rough one for South Africa. On Sunday, the country watched as fires around Table Mountain slowly started creeping downhill, towards the beautiful campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Soon it was confirmed that the university’s African Studies library, which housed a unique collection of African film, and one of the biggest repositories of historical documents related to Southern Africa, was on fire. Librarians are still trying ...

How Much Does Kenya Owe China to Build and Operate the Various SGR Lines?

It's not clear at this time if the decision to expedite the handover of some SGR responsibilities from Afristar to Kenya Railways is part of the ongoing debt restructuring talks that are purportedly underway between China and Kenya.  Until now, there's ...

New Railway in Nigeria to Push Up the Country’s Debts to China

Although Chinese loans account for just 11.28% of Nigeria's external debt stock, a senior advisor to President Buhari warned this weekend that figure is likely to go up if/when the China Exim Bank approves the $5.3 billion loan to build the Ibadan-Kano portion of a ...

Kenya to Finally Extend the SGR to the Ugandan Border… Without Any Chinese Financing

Kenya's parliament approved funds to extend the Standard Gauge Railway from Naivasha in the Rift Valley all the way to Malaba on the border with Uganda. Several years ago, this extension was known as "SGR Phase 3." President Uhuru Kenyatta's requests for the financing of this phase ...

China, Debt and the Future of Kenya

The investigative series Africa Uncensored broadcast a riveting one-hour documentary on Kenyan national TV last night that explored the country's ballooning national debt. The program highlighted how, as Kenya's largest bilateral creditor owning an estimated 70% (or $6.2 billion) of its ...

Nigerians Share First Impressions of The New Chinese-Built Lagos to Ibadan Railway

Passengers have had a week to try out Nigeria's brand new Chinese-built standard gauge railway that links Lagos to Ibadan. The new service is operating on a limited schedule with just two trains a day but that'll expand to 16 daily departures shortly once construction of the ...
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