Kenya President Uhuru launches SGR
Travellers will initially pay Sh700 for economy and Sh3,000 for business class, which will also be known as first class in Kenya Railways Corporation lingo.
The SGR has taken two and a half years to complete the first phase between Mombasa and Nairobi.
The President will officiate events of the container terminal today before embarking on the train ride tomorrow
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the new railway will cut by half the time it takes to travel between Nairobi and Mombasa. The rail service – built by the Chinese – is to be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa.
Kenya, China initiated a program to train young Kenyans in China to acquire railway operations skills
Simba Passing Station at DK 327+600 was the first station to be completed on phase one of the SGR in May 2015.
Pupils from 47 schools representing an equal number of counties will join President Uhuru Kenyatta, the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, diplomats and other Kenyans from all walks of life during the maiden SGR train ride from
The 47 pupils, all under 18 years, were picked by their respective school communities and grouped under PURES (Pupils Reward Scheme) -a mentorship propramme under the Presidency. They were selected on the criteria of talent, leadership and performance.
The pupils, also representing gender balance, are expected in Mombasa this evening ahead of the pioneering train ride with the president, a first experience and historic moment for the young mentees.
The PURES programme was launched by President Kenyatta and the First Lady in early 2015 to benefit best performing and talented pupils from schools across the country.
Besides mentoring the pupils over the need for hard work and choosing their careers wisely, the programme nurtures the characteristics of leadership and giving them an opportunity to share experiences on such national issues as integration and ethnic harmony in diversity.
In several occasions, the President has found time to sit with the pupils at State House explaining to them every detail of his office and work, giving the mentees to understand his busy schedule.
For the next three days, the pupils will have an experience of a lifetime that they are likely to talk for a very long time considering that most of them have only read about Mombasa, Fort Jesus and the Port in history books.