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Scandal, Low Ticket Sales Plague Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway

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Bad news keeps piling up for the multi-billion dollar Chinese-financed and constructed Standard Gauge Railway network, the centerpiece of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ambitious infrastructure development agenda.

Ridership and cargo freight volumes are both coming in much lower than expected on several of the lines while investigative journalists reveal excessive spending on Chinese staff during the SGR construction phase.

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