William Ruto Dismisses Jimmy Wanjigi’s Claims SGR Costs Were Inflated: “We Rejected His Designs”

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Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed claims by businessman Jimmy Wanjigi that the costs of the multi-billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) were inflated.William Ruto Dismisses Jimmy Wanjigi's Claims SGR Costs Were Inflated: "We Rejected His Designs"© Provided by Tuko William Ruto Dismisses Jimmy Wanjigi’s Claims SGR Costs Were Inflated: “We Rejected His Designs”

Wanjigi had earlier claimed that the construction of SGR was set to cost only KSh 55 billion from Mombasa to Malaba, contrary to the project’s current costing of over KSh 330 billion.Ole Sankok standing next to a bus: President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a train to Ngong with a Chinese official. Photo: State House Kenya. Source: Twitter© Provided by Tuko President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a train to Ngong with a Chinese official. Photo: State House Kenya. Source: Twitter

However, in an interview on Sunday, October 17, Ruto said before the government launched the project, it send experts to go and compare costs in different countries to ensure its valuation is competitive.

“We send experts to go and compare the costs of SGR that is in Ethiopia, India and everywhere else. We satisfied ourselves as the government that the cost of SGR cosntruction was actually competitive,” said Ruto.

Rejected his design

The second in command said Wanjigi was bitter about the project and was peddling lies as the government rejected his designs.

“I Know why he is saying that. We rejected it because he had designs around it but we refused to participate in those designs,” Ruto added.

The Jubilee deputy party leader insisted that the SGR project was sustainable justifying its investment.

“This year, we are doing eight to nine trains a day. Next year we will be doing around 12. We will be able to collect enough money to pay for the SGR. It is a piece of infrastructure that can pay for itself meaning it was competitively sourced and justifies the investment we have put in,” said Ruto.

Jubilee government takeover

Wanjigi had earlier disclosed that he was the mastermind of the rail project in 2008 together with the China Road and Bridge Corporation.

However, in 2013 when President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy took over the government, Wanjigi said he left the stage when he realised the project was being overpriced.

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