in

Government Planning To Buy Second Hand Trains From Spain At Ksh10 Billion

A single train will cost the taxpayers between Ksh71 million and Ksh137 million

[IMAGE/ COURTESY]

The government is set  to import 11 used trains from Spain, some as old as 25 years, in a Ksh10 billion scheme.

A single train will cost the taxpayers between Ksh71 million and Ksh137 million in the deal that has been assented by the cabinet. The trains are set to start arriving in the country as from June, alongside the BRT buses.

Reports by the Sunday Nation indicate that deal was brokered in a trip to Barcelona in September 2018 by a team of 11 officials drawn from Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), the World Bank and the ministry led by Principal Secretaries Charles Hinga and Eshter Koimmet.

The trains were manufactured by Construcciones and Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) from Spain between 1994 and 2003.

Read: UK Based Kenyan Singer Mistony Denied Access To Local TV Station For Being Skimpily Clad

Considering the age of the locomotives, only four units are in good shape while the rest are subject to repairs while some of the spares could be out of market.

The trains can only pull three coaches with each carrying 128 seated and 130 standing passengers at full capacity.

Email your news TIPS to news@kahawatungu.com or WhatsApp +254708677607. You can also find us on Telegram through www.t.me/kahawatungu

Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
Email: mulifranc2@gmail.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Loading…

Iranian Ambassador To Kenya Caught Trying To Free Terror Suspects

Four Killed, Several Injured In Nakuru-Naivasha Highway Accident