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Mbadi, Wandayi React After Ruto's U-turn On SGR And Naivasha Port

The announcement on Thursday by roads and transport cabinet secretary Kipchumba murkomen that the government, is planning to extend the standard gauge railway beyond Naivasha continues to elicit reactions by leaders across the political divide.

In his statement, murkomen said the railway will be extended to Malaba through some parts of Kisii, Kisumu and then be linked to the Ugandan line at Malaba border.

The move followed Uganda's intention to complete her side of the SGR to the kenyan border.

This will be a U-turn on the side of Ruto's administration given that he campaigned on the platform of reducing mega infrastructural projects that are funded by Loans.

Reacting to the new development, ODM chairman John mbadi and minority leader Opiyo wandayi said the contradiction demonstrates lack of coherence and clarity of policy that has characterized the UDA administration from day one.

Mbadi said extending the railway will force the country to borrow additional billions at a time when the economy is struggling.

He said that its surprising that the new regime has embarked on mega infrastructure projects instead of supporting the social economy for people to have money in their pockets.

"Whatever they said during the campaigns was meant to hoodwink voters. They were aware that SGR was meant to link the region, not just to end in Naivasha. Extending it is not a bad idea, but it means we will have to borrow more,” said Mr Mbadi.

Wandayi on his side accused the government of flip flopping on major policy decisions with far reaching economic implications.

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John mbadi Kisumu Naivasha Opiyo Wandayi


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