NAIROBI, Residents of the seven counties which Kenya’s new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) traverses came out in their thousands to witness the inaugural train making its way from Mombasa Terminus on Wednesday morning before arriving at the Nairobi Terminus on Wednesday evening.
It was songs and dancing at every stop which the train made at Kwale, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and finally, Nairobi. Along the way, President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, opened the new train stations at Mariakani in Kwale, Voi in Taita Taveta, Mtito Andei in Makueni County, Emali in Kajiado County, Athi River in Machakos County and the Nairobi Terminus at Syokimau here.
The President earlier in the morning started off proceedings by opening the Mombasa Terminus at Miritini in the port city.
Addressing the thousands who thronged the stations to witness the first passenger train of the SGR project, the single largest infrastructure project in Kenya and the whole East Africa sub-region, President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to support the government’s development agenda.
He said despite challenges posed by court cases and negative politics, the government was able to deliver on its promise to give Kenya a modern railway to replace the 122-year-old one built by the British colonial government.
This train will change the lives of all Kenyans because it will reduce the cost of transporting goods and passengers, said President Kenyatta when he addressed thousands of residents near the Emali train station.
He said the government would build industrial parks along the 440-kilometre SGR line as well as inland container deports at Voi and Naivasha and eventually in Kisumu in western Kenya, another 340 kilomteres away when the SGR is extended to the shores of Lake Victoria.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK