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Excitement, Rumors in Nairobi about New China-built Expressway

The growing excitement in the Kenyan capital about the upcoming inauguration of its new Chinese-built Nairobi Expressway is also spawning a flurry of viral rumors. On Tuesday, The Standard newspaper published a fact-check article that debunked reports that the expressway has already opened to traffic. This followed widely circulated images that seemed to show cars testing out the almost-completed road.

With the excitement has come controversy about the cost of the project to consumers. This is because the road was funded through a public-private partnership that will allow the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, to collect tolls. This raised concern that the road will only be accessible to the rich, amid reports that the tolls could be as high as $14.

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