Madaraka express after official luanch-UPESINEWS
BY JOHN WERU,CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,31ST MAY 2017-The much-awaited Standard Gauge Railway passenger train, christened Madaraka Express was officially launched by president Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, May 31.
Madaraka Express began its maiden journey to Nairobi with President Kenyatta describing the launch as a “new dawn for Kenya”.
Speaking before launching the service, President Kenyatta said it marked 120 years since the British Government rolled out the first rail network in Kenya.
“We embark today on a new chapter in Kenya’s history when the British kicked off the train, the train that was characterised and criticised by all those in the British Parliament as a train to nowhere but a train that ultimately formed the basis of the new nation of Kenya. It was then known as the Lunatic Express.”
The head of state also expressed optimism that the SGR will create new employment opportunities to Kenyans from different regions.
Uhuru further urged Kenyans to refrain from complaining about the project, saying it will benefit all Kenyans, adding that the project should be protected jealously by all Kenyans, failure to which, there will be dire consequences.
The President, most notably, warned those who will be found guilty of vandalising the Standard Gauge Railway will be hanged.
“I want to firmly state today that those who will be prosecuted and found guilty of vandalizing a property (SGR) belonging to all Kenyans; a property belong to our children, forgive me God, I will sign their death sentence for them to be hanged,” cautioned the Head of State.
The presidents’ sentiments comes just days after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko, also warned those arrested for vandalism that they will be treated as organised criminal gangs who are bent on sabotaging the country’s economy.
The passenger train services between Nairobi and Mombasa will cost Ksh700 for economy class and Ksh3, 000 for first class, according to fares released by the railways management.