railwayPresident Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has received a major boost after eight Jubilee party governors pledged Sh100 million each to help fund a railway project.

This pledge followed a consultative meeting which took place at the Maiyan Resort in Nanyuki County.

According to Kenya Railways Managing, Director Atanas Maina, plans are underway to upgrade the 240-kilometre line from Nairobi to Nanyuki.

“Currently, the railway is what we call the 50-pund-load type, which is only capable of carrying three light locomotives. We intend to upgrade it to 80-pound load so that a single train can carry 1,400 tonnes of goods,” the director said.

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The national government is hoping that the Sh25 Billion railway project will boost economic growth in the area.

List of governors set to contribute Sh100 million to the project include:

  • Wahome Gakuru (Nyeri)
  • Mike Sonko (Nairobi)
  • Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia)
  • Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu)
  • Francis Kimemia (Nyandurua)
  • Mohammed Abdi Kuti (Isiolo)
  • Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga)
  • Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a)

“The Sh100 million pledged by the county governments is a show of commitment to the project. The national government is expected to finance the project, with support from development partners,” Maina added.

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