Kamau undettered by Standard Gauge Railway allegations
17 January 2014, 20:21
Nairobi - Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau,is unfazed by allegations of graft surrounding the controversial Standard Gauge Railway project.
He said he was thus “ready” to face the Parliamentary Investment Committee probing the graft allegations that have bedeviled the project since its recent commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kamau said the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway project involved a joint agreement between both the Kenyan and Chinese government. He further rebuffed Nandi Hills legislator Alfred Keter’s alleged graft remarks.
“Section 6 of the Procurement Act is very clear, the Attorney General gave us the go ahead and I will be appearing before the parliamentary committee and I would tell them as much,” said Kamau while receiving a consignment of alcoblow gadgets.
Keter is on record alleging that the tendering of the multi-billion project was flawed and the total cost of the project inflated by individuals who were hell-bent on fleecing the taxpayer.
The controversial railway is supposed to link the Mombasa port to Rwanda and ease congestion at the busy port.
The railway is also expected to create employment opportunities and bolster trade in the East Africa region that is current finalizing agreement on having a free common market.
The railway construction will be carried out in phases with the first phase of construction running from Mombasa to Nairobi estimated to be around 500 kilometres.
– CAJ News