On July 12, 2017, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufadal Saifuddin rode aboard the Madaraka Express on train E2 (Nairobi – Mombasa). The dignitary is the Head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, a sub group of the Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. An official from the Corporation (currently part of the Madaraka Express Operations team), Ms. Jacqueline Mwangi, welcomed the dignitary on behalf of the Corporation. She thanked Dr. Syedna for choosing the Madaraka Express for his trip, urging him to consider it for all his future trips to East Africa. She also asked him to pray for the success of the train service, and also for the country as a whole, as we head into the elections.