Kenya: Government once again rejects plea to make public Standard Gauge Railway contracts signed with Chinese companies
"State rejects once again plea to make SGR contract public", 13 January 2022
The government has once again rejected a plea to make public the standard gauge railway contracts.
Transport Principal Secretary Dr Joseph Njoroge says in court documents that agreements entered between the government and Chinese contractors over the construction of Sh450 billion SGR have non-disclosure clauses.
Through an affidavit, Dr Njoroge further says that it would be in breach of contractual terms of the agreements if two activists are supplied with them. [...]
Dr Njoroge says that if the orders sought are granted, it would endanger national security and injure foreign relations between the states that the country has entered into bilateral agreements with and would stifle the successful implementation of the National Transport Policy.
The PS further says that the petitioners have failed to articulate the necessity of the documents and beneficial actions in the interest of the public they are to undertake upon receiving the documents. [...]