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Investigate questions raised about the standard gauge railway line

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Nairobi – 29th January 2014 - Transparency International Kenya is dismayed by the stance taken by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto that the billion Shilling standard gauge railway project will proceed despite questions being raised about the award of the project contract to China Road and Bridge Company. 

TI-Kenya is similarly distressed by the position taken by a section of Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee coalition to the effect that they will defend the SGR procurement process in Parliament and ensure the project goes ahead as planned. This is in spite of the ongoing processes seeking to unearth whether the law was violated during the procurement stage of this project. 


TI Kenya notes that weighty issues have been raised concerning this project that need to be fully and convincingly evaluated before the work can proceed.

We would like to remind Members of the Executive and Legislature that they have all taken the oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution and the laws of Kenya.  They are bound by this oath to ensure the laws of the land, including procurement and anti-corruption laws, are upheld in an impartial manner. 

The statements by Members of Parliament from the ruling coalition raise fears that they intend to use their numbers in the National Assembly to frustrate accountability for any corruption and/or procurement flaws that may have been committed.

We call upon the President to halt this project until all questions of accountability have been fully addressed. While we do not yet know the outcomes of the various initiatives seeking the truth in this matter, we believe the confidence of the public and investors will be enhanced if allegations of corruption, abuse of office and procurement irregularities are discounted through an independent, credible and transparent process.  In this regard, we also call upon the various committees investigating the same to expedite the investigations. 

Finally, we call upon the President to make good the jubilee coalition’s promise of an open and transparent government. We believe the controversy surrounding the standard gauge railway line project would be easier to unravel if all the processes were open and transparent and all the documents are made available for anyone interested to scrutinize them.


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