Gladys Boss, the Uasin Gishu Woman Representative, has provided tidbits of information about the financing agreement that governed the construction of the multi-billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The Uasin Gishu county MP claims she skimmed the contract, which has subsequently been made public by way of parliament, and found that it contains information on conflict settlement.
When she appeared on Citizen TV’s Daybreak program on Monday, she pointed out that the passage indicates that resolutions will be held in Beijing, China, and will strictly adhere to Chinese law in the case of any disputes involving the SGR.
“As a lawyer, the first thing you check is where do you go if there is a dispute, and it has really indicated that the issue will be settled in Beijing, it will use Chinese law, and it’s rather tilted against Kenya,” she added. “I have just looked through it and I haven’t studied it in great detail.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly praised the decision to release the contract, which had been kept a secret but ought to be in the public eye.
She pointed out that Kenyans would now be able to cross-examine the contract.
“I’m delighted that it’s been made public so that Kenyans may examine it, reconsider it, and be able to know that Kenya has the ability to declare disagreement and have it rewritten. It will also inform future agreements, which is why it’s vital to make agreements public,” she said.
The proposal to make the agreement public was made by Kipchumba Murkomen, the Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport, and Public Works. The public had expressed concerns about why the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta had been so secretive and withheld information about the agreement.