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sqft
#1381 Posted : Tuesday, December 03, 2019 2:32:43 PM
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aemathenge wrote:
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Kenya Forcing Importers to Use Costly New Chinese Railway, Businessmen Say

By Reuters Dec. 3, 2019, 2:13 a.m. ET

MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenya's new Chinese-built railway should have been a boon for business. The $3.3 billion (2.6 billion pounds) line sliced hours off the journey from the port city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi.

But some importers said their transport costs shot up by nearly 50% when they used the rail due to extra fees, more time spent clearing goods at the congested Nairobi train depot and the need to send a truck to collect the goods from there.



SOURCE: https://www.nytimes.com/...ers-kenya-railways.html



With the new railway, the white man is unhappy that he has nowhere to dump his old trucks that ferry cargo from mombasa. He is angry to see the cash going into the chinaman's pocket instead of going to used truck exporters in london. It's all about the west vs china trade war.

Also how come the americans are happy to give us a new huge loan for a new nairobi - mombasa expressway while they say we are already overburdened with loans?
“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” ― H. L. Mencken.
safariant
#1382 Posted : Sunday, January 12, 2020 9:58:30 AM
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Location: ant hill - red hill
The greatest act of bravery is chancing a fart while suffering from diarrhoea
aemathenge
#1383 Posted : Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:57:21 PM
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Joined: 10/18/2008
Posts: 3,279
Location: Kerugoya
Sometimes I cry for Kenia.

What have we got ourselves into?

SGR’s Sh1bn grass: Inside unbridled greed and negligence in megaproject

Tuesday February 25 2020

Quote:
In essence, this meant that there was no trickle-down effect of this huge loan of the project on the local economy as the Chinese imported almost everything for the project, including small things like toilet paper, toothpicks and sugar.

All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”

But even worse is the fact that CRBC was given a leeway to adjust the prices of individual components of the contract by making the bill of quantities non-binding.

“The contract price is to be adjusted for rises or falls in the cost of labour, goods and other inputs to the works by the addition or deduction of amounts,” says the contract.

And that is not all.

Even in areas where the government would have recouped part of the cost by taxing the equipment being imported by the Chinese, it did not.

“All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”


Source Link: The Nation Prime
sqft
#1384 Posted : Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:27:17 PM
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aemathenge wrote:
Sometimes I cry for Kenia.

What have we got ourselves into?

SGR’s Sh1bn grass: Inside unbridled greed and negligence in megaproject

Tuesday February 25 2020

Quote:
In essence, this meant that there was no trickle-down effect of this huge loan of the project on the local economy as the Chinese imported almost everything for the project, including small things like toilet paper, toothpicks and sugar.

All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”

But even worse is the fact that CRBC was given a leeway to adjust the prices of individual components of the contract by making the bill of quantities non-binding.

“The contract price is to be adjusted for rises or falls in the cost of labour, goods and other inputs to the works by the addition or deduction of amounts,” says the contract.

And that is not all.

Even in areas where the government would have recouped part of the cost by taxing the equipment being imported by the Chinese, it did not.

“All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”


Source Link: The Nation Prime


When the UK or american govt is undertaking projects in Kenya, there's no taxation on project equipment including vehicles. And the equipment are wholly sourced from the donor or funding country. It is common sense that you can't be helping someone and then they (the beggars) are charging/taxing you while you are trying to help them.

Also planting grass on both sides of a 500km long railway is a costly affair. NB landscaping and planting grass on a 50x100 ft plot can cost you about 200k. So spending 1B to landscape a 500km line (plus concrete drainage systems to prevent soil erosion which could weaken the railway) is actually a good deal.

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” ― H. L. Mencken.
Impunity
#1385 Posted : Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:36:21 PM
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Joined: 3/2/2009
Posts: 26,244
Location: Masada
sqft wrote:
aemathenge wrote:
Sometimes I cry for Kenia.

What have we got ourselves into?

SGR’s Sh1bn grass: Inside unbridled greed and negligence in megaproject

Tuesday February 25 2020

Quote:
In essence, this meant that there was no trickle-down effect of this huge loan of the project on the local economy as the Chinese imported almost everything for the project, including small things like toilet paper, toothpicks and sugar.

All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”

But even worse is the fact that CRBC was given a leeway to adjust the prices of individual components of the contract by making the bill of quantities non-binding.

“The contract price is to be adjusted for rises or falls in the cost of labour, goods and other inputs to the works by the addition or deduction of amounts,” says the contract.

And that is not all.

Even in areas where the government would have recouped part of the cost by taxing the equipment being imported by the Chinese, it did not.

“All custom duties and charges on importation of equipment of parts and materials, etc, shall be exempted by the employer.”


Source Link: The Nation Prime


When the UK or american govt is undertaking projects in Kenya, there's no taxation on project equipment including vehicles. And the equipment are wholly sourced from the donor or funding country. It is common sense that you can't be helping someone and then they (the beggars) are charging/taxing you while you are trying to help them.

Also planting grass on both sides of a 500km long railway is a costly affair. NB landscaping and planting grass on a 50x100 ft plot can cost you about 200k. So spending 1B to landscape a 500km line (plus concrete drainage systems to prevent soil erosion which could weaken the railway) is actually a good deal.



Grass is not cheap.
Portfolio: Sold
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aemathenge
#1386 Posted : Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:33:23 PM
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Joined: 10/18/2008
Posts: 3,279
Location: Kerugoya
Life must go on.

Quote:
SGR cargo to operate 24–hours, Mainga says

Afristar has been directed to ensure seamless services

by MARTIN MWITA Business Writer 02 April 2020 - 09:10

The Standard Gauge Railway cargo service will continue to operate on a 24 hour basis, Kenya Railways has said, a move that will ensure seamless movement of goods.

Operations on Madaraka Express Passenger Service between Nairobi and Mombasa however remain adjusted to allow commuters beat the 7pm–5am nationwide curfew deadline , where the only one scheduled train operate from each end.

Kenya Railways managing director Philip Mainga yesterday said Africa Star Railway Operation Company (Afristar), the contracted operator of both the Madaraka Express and SGR freight service, has been directed to ensure seamless services during the ensuing period.

This will ensure the country remains in constant supply of imports, a time when the coronavirus has hit the country.

This, even as global trade and supply network remain disrupted by the virus, which has affected shipping trends and container volumes landing at the port of Mombasa.

“The SGR cargo service will continue to operate as scheduled.

Kenya Railways advises actors in the freight business to take advantage of the SGR and Meter Gauge Railway synergies to leverage their prospects,” Mainga said.

The corporation has guaranteed the safety of goods on transit.

“We remain committed to the provision of efficient and reliable freight transport services during this difficult moment,” said Mainga.

Both the passenger and cargo services are available between the port town of Mombasa and Suswa in Narok County, he added.

Afristar operates an average nine cargo trains with 44 wagons daily from Mombasa to the Inland Container Deport-Nairobi(ICDN) Nairobi, hauling an average 900 containers per day.


Source: https://www.the-star.co....ate-24hours-mainga-says/
aemathenge
#1387 Posted : Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:27:58 PM
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Joined: 10/18/2008
Posts: 3,279
Location: Kerugoya
SGR Back In The News For Wrong Reasons; How Did We End Up Here?

WEDNESDAY MAY 27 2020 By ROBERT SHAW

The standard gauge railway (SGR) project is back in the limelight. As often the case, the fatally marred overly controversial undertaking has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons:

Its dubious origins and very chequered operation.

The State Law Office wants a review and renegotiation of the operating agreement between the parastatal Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) and Chinese operator Africa Star Railways.

The thrust of the Solicitor-General’s argument is, KRC is paying over the odds for several services and non-services making the SGR’s operating costs inordinately high.

SGR charges $33 (Sh3,300) per kilometre per tonne, whereas the cost by road is a quarter less.

Such a huge difference makes it very difficult to convince customers to put their cargo on SGR.

Source: The Daily Nation: https://www.nation.co.ke...64592-63rtv2z/index.html
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