CS Transport Mr. James Macharia Appoints Mr. Philip Mainga the New Kenya Railways Managing Director

Mr. Philip Mainga, the new KR Managing Director.

Mr. Philip Mainga, the new KR Managing Director.

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works (MOTUHUD & PW) Mr. James Macharia has today announced the appointment of Mr. Philip Mainga as the new Kenya Railways Managing Director.
Until his appointment, Mr. Mainga was the acting Managing Director since August 2018, having previously served as the General Manager Business and Operations, a role that covered the operations of the Madaraka Express Passenger and Freight services and Real Estates Management.
The new Managing Director joined Kenya Railways in 1997 and possesses a vast wealth of experience in the Railway transport sector. He has been instrumental in revolutionizing the sector which is amongst others, mandated with provision of efficient and effective railway transport services. In his acting capacity as Managing Director, he ensured the successful operations of the Nairobi Mombasa Madaraka Express Passenger and Freight services, construction and commissioning of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase 2A to Naivasha geared towards opening of Special Economic Zones in support of the manufacturing pillar under the Big Four Agenda.
He also supervised the refitting of Mv- Uhuru, a wagon ferry owned by Kenya Railways which had been lying unattended for the last 11 years and the construction of the Meter Gauge Railway siding to the newly upgraded fuel loading facilities at the Kenya Pipeline Corporation depot in Kisumu. The Kisumu works support the Blue Economy in the region through Lake Victoria Transport Corridors.
In his new role, the Managing Director will ensure successful operations of the Madaraka Express Passenger and Freight service, rehabilitation of the Metre Gauge Railway (Mombasa- Malaba) and branch lines Nakuru-Kisumu and Thika- Nanyuki Line and rehabilitation of the Nairobi Commuter Rail which seeks to address the transport challenges in Nairobi and the neighboring counties. He will also oversee the repossession of Kenya Railways property that has been grabbed or illegally acquired and ensure a smooth implementation of the ongoing Corporation staff restructuring process.
Mr. Mainga holds a Masters in Project Planning and Management (MAPM) from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Arts in Economics (M.A.) from University of Mysore, India and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from University of Mysore. He also holds a certificate from Harvard University in Driving Government Performance and is a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).