Foreign Affairs Ministry Claims China Loan Was Never among Uhuru’s Priority




The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has come all guns to defend claims that President Uhuru’s trip to China was all for the purpose of acquiring the SGR loan.

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Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma said the delegation accompanying President Uhuru Kenyatta to China was focused on growing access to Chinese market and development of economic zones.

A statement issued by the CS on Saturday, April 27, also showed that the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) beyond Naivasha was not a priority for the China trip.

“The relationship between Kenya and China is broader than the SGR. In fact the SGR extension beyond Naivasha was never a priority agenda for the current mission to Beijing,” said Juma.


“Our focus was on growing market access, development of our industrial and special economic zones, and partnership with the private sectors for investment. Significantly, the first PPP deal was struck yesterday,” she said.

Her statement follows reports showing Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia had indicated the KSh 368 billion loan agreement had not been signed without divulging further.

He however noted President Uhuru Kenyatta had witnessed the signing of the two project delivery agreements which include the Konza Data Centre and Smart Cities Project


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