President Uhuru Kenyatta has secured an additional $3.59 billion from China to extend SGR from Naivasha to Kisumu. Uhuru secured the amount that will be available immediately at a meeting with Chinese President XI Jinping on Monday.
“The President wants the railway to reach Kisumu then Malaba especially because of the new port that is being built [there],” said State House Spokesman Manoa Esipisu.
Before flying to China, Uhuru had phone conversations with Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame on the possibility of the two countries extending the railway all the way to Kigali. As a result, the three countries will send a joint team to Beijing to bid for more funding for SGR to reach Malaba and go on to Kampala and then Kigali.
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