A whopping Sh1 billion was spent on planting grass alongside the Mombasa-Nairobi Commonplace Gauge Railway (SGR), in line with contract paperwork obtained by Each day Nation.
The contracts signed between the Chinese language and Kenya Railways have uncovered the outrageous amount of cash spent through the development of the railway line that value the Kenyan taxpayer over Sh300 billion, making it the most costly challenge in Kenya’s historical past.
The challenge was funded by the Chinese language authorities, including to the nation’s public debt that lately crossed the Sh6 trillion mark.
Moreover the Sh1 billion spent on grass, hundreds of thousands of shillings have been put aside for leisure and the day by day wants of Chinese language nationals constructing the railway however Kenyan staff have been ignored.
For example, the Chinese language expatriates used a complete of Sh239 million on leisure through the development of the rail line.
Moreover, the lead engineer within the SGR challenge was allotted Sh5 million to cater for airtime through the three-year interval. This interprets to greater than Sh5,000 per day.
Additional to this, the engineer’s workplace was provided with furnishings price Sh57 million whereas every of his workplace pc was bought at Sh280,000 and Sh513,700 was used to accumulate a laserjet printer. His private dwelling was additionally furnished at a price of Sh3 million.
Different inflated expenditures included the acquisition of transportable radios at Sh119,100 and digital recorders at Sh341,500 in opposition to the common native value of Sh2,000.
Sh28,800 was used to purchase station loudspeakers, Sh1.14 million on video cupboards, Sh180,000 on workshop seats whereas Sh7.4 million was used to arrange the ticketing system.
A complete of 46 A3 laser printers have been purchased with every costing Sh513,700 in opposition to the common native value of between Sh40,000 and Sh75,000.
There was an electrical engineer at each station and every was given a automobile price Sh4.5 million, all of which have been imported into the nation duty-free.
Each day Nation established that a lot of the gear used within the development of the railway was imported from China, together with six welding machines per station.
The SGR is presently producing Sh841 million monthly in opposition to the month-to-month operational value of Sh1.5 billion, which means it’s operating below losses, in line with Each day Nation.