Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has come out to defend the KSh 327 billion Standard Guage Railway project which has received heavy criticism over its cost.
CS Macharia along with PS Irungu Nyakera defended the SGR project, saying the locomotives which were imported from China were among the world’s best.
They also added that four of the locomotives received are the main model used in the Chinese railway system, with 3100KW of power and a maximum speed of 100km/h.
Kenyans of all works of life have complained about the Standard Guage Railway locomotives. Politicians among others have called them second-hand while pointing out that the Jubilee government might have used the SGR project as a means to siphon funds.
Speaking at the reception of the first six locomotives in Mombasa, CS Macharia and PS Nyakera called out the politicians opposing the project.
”This project is 18 months ahead of schedule and we want to tell politicians opposing it we have actually delivered. The project knows no borders and cuts across 17 counties from Mombasa to Malaba, in which lives of millions of Kenyans will be transformed.
”The Mombasa-Nairobi SGR has registered a remarkable construction speed and we expect completion of the entire project soon, and within our contract terms. The delivery of this first batch of freight locomotives is a major milestone on this journey.”
Present at the reception were Chargé d’ Affaires Yao Ming from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, officials from both Kenya Railways Corporation Board and the China Roads and Bridge Corporation.
CS Macharia further noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to officially launch the SGR project on May 31.