Kenya Discloses Part of Secret Railway Contract With China


The New York Times

Kenya Discloses Part of Secret Railway Contract With China

The publication of details of a 2014 loan agreement for a cross-country train fulfilled a campaign vow by President William Ruto and revealed Beijing’s tough terms.

Abdi Latif Dahir

By Abdi Latif Dahir

Nov. 8, 2022Updated 7:13 a.m. ET

Kenya’s government has disclosed some details of the loan agreement the country signed in 2014 with China to build a railway, a major step toward political accountability but one that could strain relations with Beijing, the country’s top financier of infrastructure projects.

The administration of President William Ruto of Kenya on Sunday published three documents from a contract used to construct the railway, a passenger and freight service that was funded, designed and built by China. The railway starts from Kenya’s coastal region but ends in the middle of nowhere.

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