Macharia said Chinese workers will only leave Kenyan once they have trained enough Kenyans to take over their roles – There were concerns the foreigners were taking over jobs that could be done by the locals – Kenyans were also enraged to learn the government was paying a Chinese firm over KSh 1 billion every month to operate SGR – The government defended the payment saying operating the SGR was not like operating a matatu
The government has clarified Chinese workers will exit the country once they have trained enough Kenyans to take over operations at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The foreigners were given until 2027 after which they would be expected to hand over all SGR operations to their Kenyan counterparts who TUKO.co.ke understands are currently undergoing training under the skills transfer programme.
Chinese bosses at SGR are not going anywhere anytime soon – CS James Macharia to Kenyans Appearing before the National Assembly’s Transport Committee on Tuesday, July 17, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the number of Chinese employees working at the SGR would reduce by a certain percentage every year.
“We expect that SGR will be run 100% by Kenyans by 2027,” the CS said as he reacted to claims that Chinese were taking over jobs meant for Kenyans. Chinese bosses at SGR are not going anywhere anytime soon – CS James Macharia to Kenyans There were concerns that Chinese working at the Standard Gauge Railway were taking over jobs that can be done by Kenyans.
Macharia also defended the government’s decision to pay China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the same company that was contracted to build the SGR, KSh 1 billion every month to keep the KSh 327 billion project running. He said despite the KSh 10 billion loss incurred in the first year of operation, the mega project had started making profit and would be able to pay its loan once it broke even in 2020. Deputy President William Ruto also defended the KSh 1.7 billion that was being paid to CRBC every month arguing running the SGR was not like “operating a matatu”.
There were concerns the taxpayer was not getting value for money despite the huge investments in the SGR project. “We evaluate investment development projects based on four criteria. First, would it make money? Second, will the economic benefits exceed cost? Third, would it promote equity? And lastly, would it be sustainable? The SGR failed on all four parameters,” Economist David Ndii, a big critic of the SGR project argued. Some wondered how the government was planning to repay the more than KSh 320 billion loan that was used to build the railway. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/279982-chinese-workers-hand-standard-gauge-railway-operations-kenyan-staff-by-2027.html#279982