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Ruto downplays Standard Gauge Railway allegations

09 January 2014, 10:20

Nairobi - Deputy President, William Ruto, denied any irregularities in the tendering process for the Standard Gauge Railway project.

He lambasted opposition MPs, who recently criticized the process and termed it as the worst corruption case in the country’s history.

Ruto rebuffed claims that that project was, as alleged by Orengo, a scheme to defraud taxpayers.

He alleged the MP was being used by political opponents to paint the government in bad light.

“The person complaining is one, look at the people who are helping him complain; Johnson Kibor a member of ODM (Orange Democratic Movement), James Orengo a member of ODM, so does ODM belong to URP. This is a person who is driving an agenda of people outside the coalition,” said Ruto.

Ruto’s remarks come amidst an ongoing probe in the project that President Kenyatta commissioned late last year.

Some opposition legislators had alleged that the project was going to be the biggest graft case the country had ever experienced, overshadowing the infamous Anglo-leasing and Golden-burg scandals. The committee probing the project will be expected to review the tendering process as well as evaluate the validity of the cost of the project.

The railway is supposed to run from Mombasa port to Rwanda and ease the movement of cargo at the port of Mombasa.

Some legislators have alleged the tendering of the project was not subjected to competitive bidding as required by law when dealing with a project of such magnitude.

– CAJ News


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