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July 21, 2018

Sakaja skips Russia World Cup trip to dig into SGR, Solai problems

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja as pictured in his office on July 12, 2018. /COURTESY
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja as pictured in his office on July 12, 2018. /COURTESY

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has chosen to address Gikomba, Nyamakima, Kamkunji and Solai problems instead of travelling to Russia to enjoy the World Cup with other lawmakers.

Sakaja said so in a text message to the Star as it emerged that at least 20 legislators had gone to Russia at the government's expense.

“I cancelled my travel so as to focus on these issues," he said, noting there are more important issues in the county.

Read: 20 MPs fly to Russia to enjoy World Cup

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Fifteen people died while 60 were injured in a fire at Gikomba market while traders at Nyamakima, Kamukunji and other parts of Nairobi have complained of harassment by police.

Regarding Solai, the vocal Senator has accused the government of dishing out money to victims of a burst that left 48 people dead.

“The same people representing the state are the same ones dishing out money,” Sakaja said.

His Makueni counterpart Mutula Kilonzo Jr gave the same views when Interior ministry CAS ole Ntutu appeared before the Senate ad-hoc committee that is investigating the tragedy.

More on this: State officials protecting Solai Dam owners, Senate committee alleges

Other details: Interior ministry to probe claims of Sh1 million payouts to Solai victims

Sakaja is the chair of the Labor and Social Welfare Committee that has summoned 

Kenya Railways management to explain the alleged mistreatment of Kenyan employees working on the Standard Gauge Railway.

Others to be grilled are Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani and his Transport counterpart James Macharia.

Senators also agreed that Attorney General Paul Kihara, who approves government contracts, should be summoned to explain the terms on which China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is operating the SGR.

Read: Senate summons Kenya Railways, labour CS over alleged mistreatment of SGR employees

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