So China recently hosted the second Belt and Road forum, which saw heads of states from mainly the developing countries flock to Beijing. There are those that would argue the heads of states were drawn in like a moth to a flame in the hopes of securing loans from the dragon nation.
Kenya was among these countries, and the President returned home with some of the loans the government was hoping to get. Turns out, China’s President Xi Jinping for the first time turned down part of the loan. A move that took the West by surprise, and they readily welcomed it.
However, for the loan the government of Kenya did secure, part of it (Ksh. 67.5 billion) will go towards setting up the Konza Data Center and Smart Cities Project in the country. And as it has been the tradition with Chinese loans – cloak and dagger – the money from the loan will be used to pay a Chinese company.
That is to say, Huawei automatically got the contract to set up the data center and smart city project in Kenya. Never mind that there are …read more