A train launched to operate on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and financed by the Chinese government arrives at the Nairobi Terminus on the outskirts of Kenya's capital in June 2017. | REUTERS
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Ksh. 500 billion SGR Project Adhered to the guidelines-Court Rules

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling stating that the procurement process for the Ksh. 500 billion SGR project adhered to the guidelines outlined in Article 227 of the Constitution.

In overturning a previous Court of Appeal decision from 2021 that deemed the project flawed, the apex court emphasized that the project was carried out as a government-to-government contract. As such, it was exempted from the regulations specified in the Public Procurement Disposal Act of 2005, as stipulated in Section 6 (1) of the aforementioned Act.


“The Court of Appeal judgement dated 19th June, 2021 is hereby set aside. The Cross Appeal dated 23rd September, 2022 be and is hereby dismissed,” read the ruling.

According to the judges, the SGR project underwent scrutiny by two parliamentary committees, where it was subject to questioning. Interestingly, none of the respondents chose to participate or engage in the process.