The Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS), James Macharia has warned that those found vandalizing the railway line would be sentenced to death.
Speaking while official launching the second service of the Madaraka Express Wednesday, said that the vandals should be hanged since they were sabotaging the economy.
During the launch of the project in June this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned that the vandals were equal to economic saboteurs and should be killed.
However, death penalty is not allowed in Kenya and it could only be effected if a law was passed.
The SGR Managing Director, Atanas Maina said increased vandalism has been witnessed along the Mombasa-Nairobi railway line leading to loss of taxpayers’ money.
However, he said, they have not come up with the exact figures on the loss.
The CS said that the construction of the second phase which has already kicked off would see the railway pass through a 6km tunnel in Embulbul in Ngong on its way to Naivasha.
The intention of the government is to construct the railway to Kisumu and Malaba and this is demonstrated by the government’s efforts to construct the second phase from Nairobi to Naivasha which will be an uphill task due to the terrain, Macharia stated.
The project, which would provide intercounty services has seen establishment of five more stations from the previous four which is a milestone in the railway transport.
The CS also said that the SGR has a provision to switch from diesel to electric in future.
Source: Kenya News Agency