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COVID-19: Madaraka Express Trains Plying Nairobi-Mombasa Route Withdrawn Following Movement Ban

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Madaraka Express trains operating between Nairobi and Mombasa have been withdrawn following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order on cessation of movement.

Through a statement by the Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga, the trains that operated daily at 10:30AM between Nairobi and Mombasa have been withdrawn forthwith.

Mainga has ideally indicated that the SGR and Meter Gauge Railway freight services continue uninterrupted with the normal 24-hour service.

“In conformity with the directive by the President, the following decisions have been made today, the two MADARAKA EXPRESS trains that operated daily at 10:30AM between Nairobi&Mombasa have been withdrawn forthwith. The SGR&METER GAUGE RAILWAY freight services will continue uninterrupted & according to the 24hour schedule,” reads the statement in part.

Read: DP Ruto Calls On Kenyans To Play Their Part In Ensuring Laid Directives To Curb Spread Of COVID-19 Succeed

Also, Mainga has indicated that the Nairobi Commuter Rail Service to Ruiru, Embakasi, Syokimau and Kikuyu will continue to operate normally.

Earlier, President Uhuru Kenyatta through a presser banned the movement of people in and out of Nairobi, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties for 21 days as a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Head of State however said that movement of food and cargo will continue as normal throughout the containment period.

Read Also: President Uhuru Bans Movement In and Out Of Nairobi, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties

“Any passenger carrying bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, vehicles, railway wagons, aircraft shall not be allowed in & out of Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa, ” said President Kenyatta.

In Nairobi, the ban takes effect today, Monday, April 6 from 7PM while in the three Coastal region counties, the directive will come into effect on Wednesday, April 8 from 7PM.

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Written by Mercy Auma

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