Press conference: Announcement on Okoa Mombasa’s quest to obtain SGR contracts

June 20, 2021

Okoa Mombasa will hold a press conference on 21 June 2021 at 10 am for a major announcement in its battle to obtain contracts and other documents related to the construction and operation of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

All media are invited to attend. The press conference will take place at the Mombasa Law Courts, and will broadcast live on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/OkoaMombasa/

The KES 450 billion (USD 4.2 billion) SGR is the most expensive infrastructure project in Kenya’s history, and was financed mostly via loans through the Export-Import Bank of China. Despite the enormous cost, agreements related to the project’s financing have never been made public. President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to release the contracts in 2018, but has yet to do so.

Okoa Mombasa first filed an Access to Information request to obtain the contracts in 2019, but the government has yet to provide a substantive reply. Our correspondence with the government – and their replies – can be viewed here.

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