Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Leader Raila Odinga was on the receiving end of Kenyans’ wrath after stating that he would be accompanying President Uhuru Kenyatta to China to secure a Ksh380 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) loan.
Speaking on Saturday, Mr Odinga noted that the Beijing trip would enable the country to acquire the Ksh368 billion loan from the Chinese government.
According to Mr Odinga, the loan will help revive the Kisumu inland port which for a long while now it had been dormant due to the dilapidated railway.
Odinga spoke in Kisumu affirming, “I will be part of the delegation that will accompany the President to the Asian country next week.
“The new SGR line will extend from Naivasha to Narok, Bomet, Sondu and finally Kisumu,” he concluded.
However, Kenyans are not happy with the trip and change of tune for Raila, who talked tough on ‘excess’ loans being secured by the country in the name of development.
Here are some reaction:-
Two Years ago, Raila Odinga accused Jubilee of Overborrowing, Overspending and Overstealing.
He particularly singled out the debt burden issue.
— Michael wamunyinyi (@mike_wamunyiny1) April 21, 2019
#Raila is Uhuru Kenyatta's toolbox these days. Times changed. I pity the ODM-NASA demonstrators who sacrificed their lives for Baba.
— The Nairobi Scandal (@NairobiScandal) April 21, 2019
While others are advancing we're busy accumulating loans to the detriment of our children. Politicians are liars, scammers, spammers. We fear our economy is being controlled by the West. As if that's not enough we're making inroads for. Poor will always be poor.#SriLanka #Raila
— Vincent Ombui (@OmbuiJr) April 21, 2019
This man @RailaOdinga stood & complained Uhuru was burying Kenyans in debt & the Prince needed to be stopped b4 he SOLD US ALL to chinamen. now as we ALL watch in disbelief he SHAMELESSLY accompanies Uhuru to China to borrow MORE BILLIONS #EasterSunday #HeIsRisen #Raila
— #AintNobodyGotTime4ThisSh*t (@yourspenfully) April 21, 2019
Baba is becoming Jubilee flower boy, 2 years ago he accused the government for over borrowing and overspending, look at him now he is accompanying Uhuru Kenyata to China to borrow 368B. This old man is just greedy. he is the only beneficiary of the handshake. #Raila
— Dmx Malon (@towettke) April 21, 2019
President Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni recently affirmed the two countries’ commitment to sticking to the original plan of stretching the SGR all the way to Kampala.
According to reports, officials from the Treasury, Kenya Railways Corporation, the Transport Ministry and the State Law Office met last week to finalise on the details of acquiring the loan ahead of the trip.