Kenya risks souring ties with partners over projects


Disquiet is brewing among development partners as the Kenyan Government attempts to distribute mega projects among competing global powers.

The Jubilee Government seems to be attempting a delicate balancing, and potentially risky, strategy of awarding different facets of mega projects to companies from different countries. And, in some instances, development partners have questioned the changing of procurement rules midway through the process.

Kenya apparently entered into a deal with American company General Electric (GE) to deliver trains for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which the Chinese are largely funding and building. GE already has another deal to deliver 20 passenger trains to Kenya Railways to the tune of Sh7.2 billion.