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Sh28 billion UAE-Kenya deal sparks serious trouble

A signed bilateral cooperation agreement between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kenyan government has..

President Uhuru Kenyatta

This is after ODM leader Raila odinga claimed that it was a bribe received by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team so that they could be awarded a tender in Kenya to manage the ports.

“The loan was given on condition that the Government of the United Arab Emirates will appoint an agent to operate, manage and undertake the expansion of the Second Container Terminal of the Port of Mombasa. UAE went ahead to appoint Dubai Port World (DP World) to manage the facility,” Odinga said in a statement.

The former Prime minister adds that there were other bidders who came on top of the Dubai-based firm but were denied the tender intentionally.

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“It would appear the UAE did not win but purchased the management of our second container terminal at a cost of 275 million US dollars. Dubai Port, which has been given the contract to manage the second container terminal in Mombasa, was defeated by about 12 other port operators which expressed interest in managing the second terminal,” he continues.

The former premier demanded answers from President Kenyatta unto why the firm was awarded the tender despite other companies emerging on top.

The Opposition leader questioned why the Kenyan government asked for a loan yet it was not directed to specific projects.

“Loans are usually sought for specific projects. This particular one appears to be looking around for something to finance as long as the port is delivered. It is a case study in avoiding accountability for money disbursed. It can later be claimed to have financed anything and everything,” Odinga said.

Kenya signed the deal with UAE On October 26, 2016.

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