NA Speaker Moses Wetangula reveals Ruto’s Plans to improve and maintain China Kenya partnership in Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Education.
National Assembly speaker, Moses Wetangula, on Friday, September 23 disclosed Ruto’s plans to improve Kenya’s relationship with China while diminishing the alleged reports that Ruto would cut off the Asian nation.
Wetangula made the remarks after meeting China’s ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, at Parliament buildings.
Wetangula noted that China is a big investor in Kenya and it would help the country attain its development agenda.
“China is one of the most important national development partners for Kenya and has in the last decade extended considerable support to our infrastructure development,” Wetangula stated.
“The new administration of President William Ruto has no plans whatsoever to scale down our collaboration with the Republic of China,” Speaker read the statement in part.
Further, he added that the National Assembly would take steps in encourage the relationship between the two countries through legislative cooperation.
“We shall continue to pursue robust engagements and exchange of high-level visits to enhance our relations.” He further stated.
Earlier, after the swearing-in ceremony on September 13, Ruto met with Beijing’s special representative on African affairs Liu Yuxi, and noted that the two countries will maintain their partnership in infrastructure, agriculture, and education.
However, during Kenyatta’s government, some leaders including the current President and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale lashed out at the Kenya-China deals, claiming that the Chinese government will be held accountable for the humongous debts they are lending to Kenyans.
Kenya’s relationship with China was among the major agendas that dominated the Kenya Kwanza campaigns with calls to scale down its relationship. Kenya Kwanza accused China of stifling Kenya’s economic growth with loans.
China was one of the biggest lenders to a former government led by Uhuru Kenyatta, with Kenya’s debt hitting Ksh8 trillion during Jubilee’s regime.
“We know the owners of the newly constructed Nairobi Expressway. We are telling the Chinese government that we will hold you and your companies to account. Any government that gives loans and debts in the next two months, you are violating the constitution,” Garissa Town MP Aden Duale stated.
The sentiments were not welcomed well by the Chinese officials in Beijing given the numerous investments the country made in Kenya.
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Projects that have been undertaken by China include the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the Nairobi Expressway.