60 senior police officers from the Ugandan Police Force recently visited the Nairobi terminus construction site of the Mombasa to Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway project in Syokimau. The tour aimed to highlight the security challenges that their Kenyan
counterparts have faced during the construction phase and how the Kenyan Police dealt with the various aspects of security on the project. The tour was facilitated by the Railway Track Engineer 1 Eng. Tobias Otieno and the Officer Commanding Station at the Nairobi SGR Terminus Mrs. Marcelina Wanjiru. The officers were accompanied by six officers from the Kenya Police headquarters.
Eng. Tobias explained to the visiting delegation that upon completion, the Standard Gauge Railway line will greatly impact the transport scene in the country and the region at large. He pointed out that majority of the bulk cargo which is transported by road on trucks will shift on to the railway line thus easing congestion on the roads and by extension reducing the costs of road maintenance.
The Ugandan officers expressed a general appreciation of the work going on at the Nairobi SGR terminus which will host the Nairobi South passenger station alongside other facilities and at the Athi River Super Bridge. They indicated that they were impressed with the pace of construction and disclosed that the challenges encountered in Kenya are also similar to what they are encountering back in their country.
Uganda is part of the treaty signed together with the East African states of Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan to develop new railway infrastructure of standard gauge specification in the region. Each country will develop the section of the line that lies within their borders. Uganda is currently constructing the section between Tororo and Kampala having launched construction on 26th June, 2015.
The entourage at the Athi River Super Major Bridge