Kenya’s newly built 13.8 billion dollars standard gauge railway was unveiled on Tuesday, 122 years after the launch of a similar project.
A new dawn beckoned for Kenya when the Standard Gauge Railway, which replaces the more than a century-old colonial railway line, rolled out its cargo services in Mombasa
President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the first cargo train to ply the railway amidst pomp in what is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya’s history.
The new Chinese-built route is aimed at cementing Kenya’s position as the gateway to East Africa.
Tuesday’s launch precedes the unveiling of the maiden passenger train from Mombasa to Nairobi on Wednesday morning.
The government maintains it will continue to invest in infrastructure.
“We have invested about $600 million at this Mombasa Port in the last two and a half years.
That shows that we mean business, we have continued to invest in making it easier for Kenyans to do business.