Kenya signs cooperation deals with China

BEIJING, Jul 22 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements with leading Chinese firms, covering energy and road construction projects meant for various parts of Kenya.

The agreements signed in Nanchang, China include a memorandum of understanding with China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation to develop a solar and diesel engine power plant in Kenya.

The agreement also provided for a concessional loan for the construction of Mbita-Sindo-Magunga-Karungu-Masara Road and Sindo-Nyandiwa-Sori Road in the counties of Homa Bay and Migori.

Another memorandum of understanding between the Government of Kenya and Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd provides for a concessional loan for the construction of Narok-Masai Mara (C12) road to connect with Narok-Mau-Narok (C57) Road.

Engineer Maingi Mwangi, Director General of Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Engineer Meshack Kiddenda of the Kenya Highways Authority signed the agreements for Kenya.

During the ceremonies, the Prime Minister also presented to the governor of Jiangxi Province of China the power plant agreement with the Government of Kenya, signed in Nairobi on July 16.

Odinga was accompanied by Forests and Wildlife Minister Noah Wekesa and Kenya’s Ambassador to China, Julius Ole Sunkuli.

Also present at the signing of the MOUs in Nanchang were Development Authorities Permanent Secretary, Eng. Carey Rege and chair of the board of the National Highways Authority, Mrs. Hannah Muriithi.

The Chinese Government has meanwhile accepted to extend to Kenya a concessional loan of $72 million, for the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure Project and E-Government, which will provide optic fibre, linking all urban areas of Kenya.

Odinga said the project is intended to make Internet available to most Kenyans, as the country moves towards E- Government.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga agreed on this concession following high-level discussions with Chinese counterpart, Wen Jibao and Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China.

Kenya and China are, accordingly, expected to sign a bilateral agreement at a date to be shortly announced.

  • Murage James

    These loans from China are becoming too many upto a worrisome level

  • paul

    Am beginning to wonder if all these loans will be used well or pocketed by our corrupt politicians and then we’ve to pay back….I hope there is a body to monitor the use of this money..

  • Thoughtsonly

    If the loans are put to good use our improved economic output will enable us repay the loans.. Kenyans need good roads, affordable energy to be able to become globally competitive…

  • kimenderotumbili

    sometimes i just wonder why cant guys like Kalonzo and the two useless deputy ministers use the post they are clinging to to even negotiate aloan in somalia instead of mudslinging!

  • Kangaw

    the idea is good but who will pay these loans so it means even the unborn children are already having the loan burden which they must hv to pay to the chinese