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Controversial railway company registered in Kenya

14 February 2014, 10:11

Nairobi - The Registrar of Companies, Bernice Gachegu, told the parliamentary committee probing the tendering process of the Standard Gauge Railway project that two Kenyans had registered a company with a similar name to the one that was awarded the tender for the project.

Gachegu told the Parliament’s Public Investment Committee (PIC) that she last week discovered that the Kenyan company was registered in 2008, while the Chinese one was registered as a foreign company with 10 Chinese directors in 1984, The Standard reports.

The Kenya owned company has two directors, namely Peter Maingi Gatere and Leonard Mwangi, and according to Gachegu, their offices are located in Nairobi’s Westlands area.

The project has been surrounded by a lot of controversies since its launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa.

There have been calls to the President to halt the project but he came out and strongly defended it saying it must go ahead as planned since it was one of the promises the ruling Jubilee coalition made to Kenyans prior to last year’s elections.

- For more visit The Standard

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