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Kenya to Take Control of Some SGR Responsibilities Ahead of Schedule in an Effort to Reduce Debt Burden

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Kenya Railways (KR) and Afristar, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation, have agreed to transfer some of the responsibilities of operating the embattled Standard Gauge Railway years ahead of schedule as part of an effort to reduce the financial burden on the Kenyan government.

The original plan was that Afristar would run the railway for 10 years beginning back in 2017. The two sides exercised a clause in the contract that would allow for an expedited transfer of responsibilities at the five-year mark — and that’s what’s happening now.  KR chairman Omudho Awitta insisted to the Kenyan media that the contract has by no means been terminated.

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