President kenyatta unveils new cargo train-UPESINEWS
BY NAMULONGO PETER/JOHN WERU,30TH MAY 2017-The first cargo train along the new SGR tracks from Mombasa to Nairobi has officially been unveiled.The unveiling ceremony was led by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening.
Speaking during the ceremony held at Port Reitz in the coastal city of Mombasa, President Kenyatta said the move is a clear indication that the country can achieve greater heights if Kenyans can work together with a common purpose.
He said the historic moment is not just for the Jubilee administration but a proud moment for every Kenyan.
He called upon all citizens to stand together and remain united in order to make Kenya prosperous.
“We have invested about $600 million at this Mombasa Port in the last two and a half years. That shows that we mean business, we have continued to invest in making it easier for Kenyans to do business,” he added.
The new Chinese-built route is aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa and is billed as the biggest infrastructure project since independence, and a key selling point for the ruling Jubilee party ahead of the August elections.
On board will be President Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretaries and top government officials among others selected to take the maiden trip to the capital city- as well as 47 pupils from all the counties.
The project was built at a cost Sh327 billion with 90 percent financed by China Exim Bank with the Kenyan Government investing the rest.
Financing of the second phase of the SGR project from Nairobi to Naivasha has already been sourced from Chinese Government.
The cargo train is expected to carry about 216 containers at a go.
The new train is set to reduce the cost of moving goods in the country, making Kenya an economic power house in the region.