If confirmed, Kipchumba Murkomen, the nominee for Cabinet secretary for Roads, Transport, and Public Works, has stated that promoting the SGR contract will be his first order of business.
Murkomen said no one is aware of the specifics of the multi-billion project when he spoke on Wednesday during his appearance before the National Assembly Committee on Appointments.
If accepted, he claimed, his first task would be to locate the SGR contract and, with the aid of the National Assembly, make it known to Kenyans.
Elgeyo Marakwet, a senator, informed the MPs that he had spoken to the who and the who, but that no one had admitted to having seen the SGR contract.
The Mombasa High Court ordered the government to release information about the Standard Gauge in May 2022.
The government was ordered to make public the specifics of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract by the High Court in Mombasa in May 2022.
This came after Khelif Khalifa and Wanjiru Gikonyo’s successful petition.
Respondents in the case included the outgoing Transport PS, his Treasury equivalent, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, Solomon Kitungu, and Julius Muia.
The petition was filed on June 21 of last year, and the signatories claimed that the government had violated their right to access information, which is guaranteed by the Constitution, by not making the material publicly available.
The $4.5 billion project was claimed to be cloaked in secrecy by them.