President Kenyatta has launched the passenger train service on the standard gauge railway with a stern warning to vandals.The president said on Wednesday he would commission the execution of people convicted of vandalizing the railway and sabotaging the economy.
His warning shot followed the vandalism of a section of the railway in Mariakani that almost delayed the launch of the Sh327 billion project.Meanwhile, Mr Kenyatta directed Kenya Railways to charge passengers travelling between Nairobi and Mombasa Sh700 in the economy class.Cargo charges will not exceed Sh50,000 per container, he said.
The President and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, along with government officials, diplomats and other Kenyans from all walks of life, are expected to ride on the train from Mombasa to Nairobi in an inaugural trip.
The railway is a flagship project of President Kenyatta’s administration.On Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta flagged off a cargo train at the Mombasa port’s second container terminal in a colorful ceremony attended by officials from China Communications Construction Company.
“This is a historic moment we are witnessing today because this project will transform the economy of this country and all Kenyans,” he said.China provided loans that were used to build the railway, a Vision 2030 flagship project, and its companies built the line and supplied locomotives.