The French government has refused to sign the Mau summit Road PPP Loan, dealing a major blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Highly placed sources alleged that French President rejected the Sh180 billion deal that would have seen the dualing of the Rironi-Mau Summit road.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had hoped to strike the deal during his recent visit to France where he was hosted by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
During the meeting, the two Heads of States reportedly reached agreements for a public-private partnership (PPP) for the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau summit highway.
Other agreements reached were for the Nairobi’s CBD to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) commuter train line and the construction of Menengai-Rongai 400 kV transmission line.
Nairobi CBD commuter rail link to JKIA will help improve passenger flow between the CBD center and Kenya’s main international airport.
However, the disagreements between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto which have played openly in the public are said to have played to the disadvantage of the President making France refuse to sign the Mau Summit road PPP.
France reportedly backed down on the deal at the last minute citing political risk caused by the difference between the President and his Deputy.
The difference between Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have played open lately and has also threatened to sink Uhuru’s flagship Big 4 agenda.
The Big 4 agenda has also been derailed by Uhuru’s involvement in the BBi debate to an extent the President hardly mentions the Big 4 agenda in his public speeches.
The construction of the two-lane six-lane Sh180 billion Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau summit will ease congestion on the existing highway and improve efficiency of freight transport to western Kenya which extends to Uganda and East and Central Africa in general.
“The Rironi – Nakuru – Mai Mahiu highway is an important transport corridor which originates from Mombasa and terminates in Malaba,” Transport CS James Macharia said while lauding the PPP framework agreement.
France has said it will enter into a wait an see scenario as it monitors the political situation in Kenya before committing on the project.
The rejection of the Mau Summit PPP by France will be a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta who had hoped to make it his signature project.
The President will now be forced to look East for its trusted ally China who are believed to have less stringent conditions especially on political situations.