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Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 11:32 EATakipchumba@kenyafreepress.com
The founder and President of International Youth Network against Corruption, Mr Nelson Oduma, now claims top Jubilee operatives and the firebrand Budalang’I MP, Ababu Namwamba, may have stolen millions of shillings from collapsed Sigiri bridge.
Mr Oduma, of his own volition, offered to enlighten Kenyans on how “we have been robbed dry on the SIGIRI Bridge.” He sought to hammer his point[s] home by drawing comparisons between our own Sigiri Bridge and Tanzania’s Kigamboni Bridge.
Sigiri Bridge, according to Mr Oduma is approximately 100 metres long and it cost the tax payer Sh1.2 billion (10.2 million US Dollars). Tanzania’s 680 metres Kigamboni Bridge cost $136 million, equivalent to Sh13.87 billion. Bear in mind that Kigamboni Bridge is one of the longest suspended bridges in Africa.
Walking down the arithmetical trajectory, Mr Oduma explains: “If you divide the Sh1.2 billion by 100 metres, you will find that it cost the tax payer Sh12 million shillings per meter, to construct a normal village bridge [Sigiri].
On Kigamboni Bridge, Mr. Oduma goes on with his calculations peppered with explanations that writ large : “If you divide the Sh13.87 billion by 680 metres, you will find that it cost the Tanzanian tax payer Ksh20.4 million to construct one metre of six lanes and Ksh3.4 million to construct a metre of one lane. Note that the Kigamboni bridge is a modern international standard bridge.”
Mr. Oduma says “a metre of the world class Tanzania’s Kigamboni Bridge cost the Tanzanian tax payer Ksh3.4 million, while a metre of our own precious Sigiri Bridge cost us Ksh12 million.”
“And we wonder why China is giving us food aid when they have no land to produce the same food, yet we have all the fertile lands and the best weather in the world? “ Posed the founder of International Youth Network against Corruption.
As if that wasn’t enough, Mr Oduma goes on to say: “We wonder why we are importing eggs from Romania, Sugar from Brazil, maize from Mexico, Rice from Pakistan, powdered milk from Netherlands among many other food produces yet we have the potential to produce all these and export the surplus.”
At the appendix of his remarks, Mr Oduma said that as long as we have wrong leaders in office, Africa will continue plummeting to the lowest levels. In Mr Oduma’s words, #AfricaRising will only be alive in papers. “We must stop electing thieves and misleaders,” cautions Mr Oduma.
Kipchumba is a staff writer/columnist at the Kenya Free Press