The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has applauded Kenya Railways for the remarkable progress in implementing the SGR project.
During a tour of the SGR project recently, the Commissioners led by Prof. Joseph Kimura said the progress made in the construction has dispelled myths and rumours regarding the project.
He said the purpose of the visit was to get information and understanding of the economic benefits of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as well as the areas where the SGR will pass through; in order to define and enhance revenue sources of national and county governments as mandated by Article 216 (b) of the Constitution.
“The visit will enable CRA commissioners to have an enhanced understanding of where the SGR will pass through so as to adequately advise on sharing of revenue in light of commitments by national government regarding loan repayment of such mega projects, said Prof Kimura.
Flagging off the tour, Kenya Railways Managing Director, Atanas Maina urged the commissioners to become good will ambassadors of the project. He asked CRA to advise County Governments traversed by the project to take advantage of the project and develop industrial parks and special economic zones along the projects corridor.
The commission Chief Executive Officer (CEO), George Ooko added that the tour was insightful and will enable the Commission dispel its duty in advising the Counties in revenue generation. “Following the knowledge acquired and experiences, the commission can authoritatively advise and dialogue with the counties which the SGR traverses on how to utilize and enhance their revenue sources by tapping into the economic potential that the SGR will offer” said the CEO
The Commission was represented by commissioners Meshack Onyango, Rose Osoro, James Katule, Jacqueline Marita and Jenniffer Nafula.