In Summary
  • Addressing a rally in Kisii, the leaders said they would review mega projects to ensure taxpayers got value for their money.

  • On his trip to China earlier this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta sought an additional Sh370 billion in loans to extend the standard gauge railway from Naivasha to Kisumu, pushing the total cost of the project to Sh847 billion.

National Super Alliance leaders on Wednesday promised to cancel some multibillion-shilling contracts signed by the Jubilee administration if they win this year's General Election.

Addressing a rally in Kisii, the leaders said they would review mega projects to ensure taxpayers got value for their money.

“Where such contracts are found to have been fraught with fraud and corruption, we shall not hesitate to abrogate them,” Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula said at Gusii Stadium.

On his trip to China earlier this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta sought an additional Sh370 billion in loans to extend the standard gauge railway from Naivasha to Kisumu, pushing the total cost of the project to Sh847 billion.

The President made the request for additional funds from China’s Exim Bank. The money, he said, would finance the third phase of the project, the 270-kilometre line from Naivasha and Kisumu.

THEFT POTENTIAL

Mr Wetang’ula said the amount requested is a lot and could end up lining the pockets of top government officials.

“Globally, constructing a kilometre of a railway is $3 million. From Nairobi to Malaba [the distance] is 500 kilometres. That will only cost Sh150 billion,” the Bungoma senator said.

“They have requested Sh370 billion. It is clear that the difference of Sh220 billion will end up in the pockets of some people.”

Mr Wetang’ula added that money lost in corrupt deals should have been used to lower high food prices.

“The price for sugar, milk and other items remains high. Let’s us not give up in the war to send Jubilee home,” he said.

The leaders, who included Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress chief Musalia Mudavadi and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto, also attacked the government’s move to cushion Kenyans from the rise in the cost of basic commodities.

Mr Mudavadi wanted to know where the government got Sh6 billion meant to subsidise maize flour.

“Farmers, for a long time, requested the Jubilee government to increase the price of a 90kg bag of maize. The government refused, insisting it did not have cash. Where has this money suddenly come from?” he asked.

FUEL COST

“The government should also tell us who benefited from this money. Is it the farmer or businessmen?”

Mr Odinga said it was absurd that the government was lowering the price of flour but increasing the cost of fuel.

He said Jubilee is oppressing Kenyans by giving them one thing with one hand and robbing them with another.

“Jubilee is looting from Kenyans. We should not allow them to continue leading this country for they have failed to keep their promises,” he said.

Mr Odinga said the subsidised flour was benefiting Mexican farmers.

Mr Musyoka said the money lost to corruption was enough to fund tuition for all secondary school students.

He said the Jubilee government was not treating Kenyans equally.

“The price of tea leaves is lower in Kisii compared to some other areas,” said Mr Odinga’s running mate.

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