Why Kenya’s influence in East Africa is under threat

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) chats with Deputy President William Ruto during a public rally at Garissa Primary School grounds on May 21, 2016. In the last one month, Kenya, which is considered East Africa’s economic superpower, has lost two mega infrastructure deals to Tanzania. PHOTO | DPPS

What you need to know:

  • On Tuesday, Kenya announced that China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) – the firm building the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR – will also operate the line.
  • Kenya has already put up the Sh427 billion Mombasa-Nairobi section of the line, set for completion next year. 
  • Lapsset, SGR and the export of Kenya’s oil have been touted to boost Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 9.5 per cent once complete.

Kenya might be forced to weigh its options as its influence over its neighbours in the East Africa region increasingly wanes with questions being raised on whether there is a deliberate strategy to isolate the country.

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