Can the cost of Kenya’s Standard gauge railway (SGR) be justified ? – Ongea Africa discuss

Kenya’s governing Jubilee coalition recently inaugurated the start of operations of the first phase of a multi-billion $ Chinese financed (over 90% financing) cargo and passenger Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), starting at its new Mombasa terminus, and, for now, travelling only to Nairobi. Described as an ambitious infrastructure project to replace the country’s old Kenya to Uganda railway (over a hundred years old), it includes two more phases yet to be implemented, and planned to end at the border with Uganda. Overall it is expected to draw a bill of a trillion Kenyan Shillings for the tax payer – the poor ordinary majority of the 49 million (projected for 2017) Kenyans. So we ask: Is this project overly ambitious; necessary but not a priority at this time so calculated to score political points as elections to retain or kick out the governing Jubilee coalition is two months away; and regarding the “humongous” bill plus other costs including, but not limited to maintenance, corruption management costs, will Kenyans, particularly the poor ordinary majority see real benefits in their daily living conditions, and , overall, in living standards?

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