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Ruto’s Government Should rethink decision to Build the Ksh425 Billion HIGH GRAND FALLS HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION under PPP MODEL

Dam construction. 穢Google Images

The media has reported that Kenya has reached an agreement with the UK to build the High Grand Falls Hydroelectric Power Station / High Grand Falls Dam at a cost of KShs 425 Billion. The dam will be built on a PPP basis. So basically it will be a privately funded project like the Nairobi Expressway.

The government will sign an electricity and water purchase agreement with the owners of the dam. This is a very sad development. Haven’t we learnt anything from the slavery Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have put us through under the exploitative Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)?

If this project is built as planned, it means we will be buying water and electricity from the UK. We will be importing resources existing in our own country. We will be spending forex on our own water and electricity. There can be no better definition of neocolonialism. This is economic exploitation disguised as help.

I have followed this project since its conceptualisation in 2009. It is a shame it has taken so long to actualise it. It is said that the dam will produce 1,000 MW of electricity and irrigate 400,000 hectares of land. These are great outcomes if achieved. But why do we have to use a financing model that disadvantages us this much?

The cost of the dam has always been put in the media as KShs 150 Billion. Media reports also indicate that “the government, in 2014 finalised procurement with the China State Construction Engineering Corp to build the High Grand Falls Dam at a cost of Sh150 billion” Kenya Engineers.

How did the government abandon this process and revert to PPP model which now takes the cost to KShs 425 Billion? What is the reason for such cost escalation? Ethiopia’s GERD dam which will produce over 5,000MW cost them USD 5 Billion. Are we staring at another mega scandal?

The argument that the government has no money to fund the project from the budget doesn’t make sense. The dam will take six years to construct. The budgetary allocation will be spread across the years. Even at a cost of KShs 200 Billion, we would only need to set aside about KShs 34 Billion annually. Nothing overwhelming.

The desperation with which the country needs this project shouldn’t be used to justify signing exploitative deals. We must get value for money. We must not have to buy our own resources in foreign currencies. Why pay for what you own in the first place?

The cost of power is already too high due to the IPPs. Now they also want to privatise water and make it just as expensive. This should not be allowed to happen.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2022 in General News

 

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How my Golden Opportunity went South South….

stack of golden bars in the bank vault. Image 穢Google Images

So last year in some dingy hole in the wall in South C, we met a bunch of guys from Congo. They were struggling to speak in English and their kiswahili was so bad but we could understand what they were saying.

So basically they were in the country illegally and they were from Kivu and they purported to be selling gold bars. They even showed us a sample. My friend being the get-rich quick kind of guy immediately became interested. I had also watched a documentary on illegal mining of gold in South Kivu and I also became interested. They said they had 6 bars and all they wanted is 200k cash.

At first I was suspicious because how would someone sell you something worth literally millions for 200k, then I saw how those guys were desperate and figured maybe they stole the gold bars over there coz they were so perfect to have been hand smelted. They tell us they know a guy in Eastleigh who can prove the gold is authentic. Sisi knowing Eastleigh is the gold capital of Nairobi, we consented.

We go to Eastleigh and he takes is to this container shop with gold posters and gold chains. We find a guy who does his thing and confirms it’s authentic. He even tells us how he’s been working with those Congo guys and if we shuffled our cards right, we might get rich real soon. The thing that made me believe in this whole charade is the fact that the Eastleigh guy told us he would make arrangements for the gold to get to the Middle East and we would make profit in millions. I guess I was so excited I didn’t ask myself why the congo guys didn’t work with the plug directly to get their goods to the middle East and earn millions.

The next day tumechanga dooh hadi nikaomba loan ya 50k kujazia. Tukafika Eastleigh and got all the 6 bars and the plug confirmed ati they are all authentic. So we give the Congo guys 200k in crisp 1000 bob notes. So we ask the Eastleigh guy how we go about this juu we are new to gold business He tells us to go to a spice shop called Vikas huko industrial then they’ll conceal the gold in bags of spices exported to the UAE na ashaongea na manager.

Tukashika Uber and I remember kwa gari tukiongelea how tumegonga majamaa wa Congo. Kufika industrial hata hakuna spice shop inaitwa Vikas, tukagoogle lakini wapi? Kupigia number ya plug haiingii. Tukarudi Eastleigh tukapata the container they guy was imelockiwa.

Tukarudi kwa nyumba knowing we are fucked. Tukaingia YouTube kuona kama kuna video ya kuprove gold is authentic. Tukapata ya iodine test, mimi huyo hadi chemist nikanunua iodine. Kumwagia iodine hata hizo bars hazireact. In my frustrations nikailingia ukuta only for a layer of coating to peel off. Huko ndani ilikuwa made of copper
Sema pwagu kupata pwaguzi…200k ikakunywa maji.不不不

Till today I still pass by the container kuona kama imefunguliwa對

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2022 in Bizzare, Crime, Lifestyle

 

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How my Golden Opportunity went South South….

stack of golden bars in the bank vault. Image 穢Google Images

So last year in some dingy hole in the wall in South C, we met a bunch of guys from Congo. They were struggling to speak in English and their kiswahili was so bad but we could understand what they were saying.

So basically they were in the country illegally and they were from Kivu and they purported to be selling gold bars. They even showed us a sample. My friend being the get-rich quick kind of guy immediately became interested. I had also watched a documentary on illegal mining of gold in South Kivu and I also became interested. They said they had 6 bars and all they wanted is 200k cash.

At first I was suspicious because how would someone sell you something worth literally millions for 200k, then I saw how those guys were desperate and figured maybe they stole the gold bars over there coz they were so perfect to have been hand smelted. They tell us they know a guy in Eastleigh who can prove the gold is authentic. Sisi knowing Eastleigh is the gold capital of Nairobi, we consented.

We go to Eastleigh and he takes is to this container shop with gold posters and gold chains. We find a guy who does his thing and confirms it’s authentic. He even tells us how he’s been working with those Congo guys and if we shuffled our cards right, we might get rich real soon. The thing that made me believe in this whole charade is the fact that the Eastleigh guy told us he would make arrangements for the gold to get to the Middle East and we would make profit in millions. I guess I was so excited I didn’t ask myself why the congo guys didn’t work with the plug directly to get their goods to the middle East and earn millions.

The next day tumechanga dooh hadi nikaomba loan ya 50k kujazia. Tukafika Eastleigh and got all the 6 bars and the plug confirmed ati they are all authentic. So we give the Congo guys 200k in crisp 1000 bob notes. So we ask the Eastleigh guy how we go about this juu we are new to gold business He tells us to go to a spice shop called Vikas huko industrial then they’ll conceal the gold in bags of spices exported to the UAE na ashaongea na manager.

Tukashika Uber and I remember kwa gari tukiongelea how tumegonga majamaa wa Congo. Kufika industrial hata hakuna spice shop inaitwa Vikas, tukagoogle lakini wapi? Kupigia number ya plug haiingii. Tukarudi Eastleigh tukapata the container they guy was imelockiwa.

Tukarudi kwa nyumba knowing we are fucked. Tukaingia YouTube kuona kama kuna video ya kuprove gold is authentic. Tukapata ya iodine test, mimi huyo hadi chemist nikanunua iodine. Kumwagia iodine hata hizo bars hazireact. In my frustrations nikailingia ukuta only for a layer of coating to peel off. Huko ndani ilikuwa made of copper
Sema pwagu kupata pwaguzi…200k ikakunywa maji.不不不

Till today I still pass by the container kuona kama imefunguliwa對

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2022 in Bizzare, Crime, Lifestyle

 

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