Following a widely embraced first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the SGR Phase 2A on Wednesday October 16, 2019. The President was accompanied by Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, along with the Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mr. James Macharia and a number of other Cabinet Secretaries, Governors and top government officials.
With H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his delegation on board, the inaugural train made the journey from Nairobi Terminus to Suswa Station which is the last station on the SGR Phase 2A. Along the route, the train made stops at all the Intermediate Stations; Ongata Rongai, Ngong and Maai Mahiu, where the President officially opened the stations through unveiling of the commemorative plaque and symbolic ribbon-cutting as well as addressing the public who had gathered in large numbers to welcome him. The train also made stops at the Kimuka Water Project; which is a joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) undertaking between Kenya Railways and the contractor China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), and at the Inland Container Depot in Maai Mahiu.
Speaking on the negative publicity that was surrounding the project, the President urged people to shun divisive politics and focus on the development prospects that the SGR line holds. He also advised people not to only think of today or tomorrow but to adopt a progressive mindset which includes planning even for the generations that come after the current one; pointing out that even Nairobi City was nothing to speak of just about one hundred years ago but today is one of the leading cities in Africa due to progressive planning. “Let us not adopt a limited manner of thinking where we only think of what we are eating today or tomorrow. This railway line that they are criticizing today; saying it is going ‘nowhere’, will be the very basis upon which development is realised and our children will be there to enjoy the fruits of this seed that we are planting today,” he said.
Here at Kenya Railways, we are excited to embark on this new journey and look forward to seeing you on board! Share your views, comments and experiences with us on twitter using the hashtag #2AisHere. You can also follow our Facebook page ‘Kenya Railways’ to stay updated on the latest developments.