Inspection the Nakuru – Kisumu MGR Branch Line

Nakuru Kisumu Line

Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Philip Mainga led a two-day inspection of the Nakuru-Kisumu MGR Branch line on March 22 2021 and March 23 2021 respectively. He was accompanied by the Nakuru Regional Commissioner (R.C) Mr. George Natembeya, Nyanza R. C Mr. Magu Mutindika, and various representatives from the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU). The line has been undergoing revitalization since August 2020. Speaking during a meeting at the Nakuru Regional Commissioner’s office on March 22 2021, The MD informed the team that most of the works are complete.

“Construction and reforming of the railway line is technically complete. we had one train which had been set aside for the Nakuru-Kisumu line and we have added another locomotive which will run on that line, so now we have two trains ready to begin operations on that line.” He said, adding that there are plans to buy more locomotives.

Mr. Mainga also cited that the line is important because it will make the transportation of cargo from the port of Mombasa to Kisumu more efficient, “We shall be able to move cargo without having to offload it anywhere.” he said

The RC Nakuru Mr. Natembeya spoke about the menace of vandalism in sections of the railway line, he termed it as a serious crime, “Vandalism of the railway line is a serious crime, it is economic saboteur.” he said. He further called upon the public to observe and report the perpetrators

because the line will benefit the region tremendously. On March 23 2021, the team inspected a section of the line next to the Railway Training Institute Marine School, Kibos ICD and the new Kisumu Train Station. The team urged the contractor on site under the supervision of Eng. Thomas Mauti to purpose to complete the construction of the station in two weeks.

Speaking to the media KR Managing Director Mr. Mainga expressed optimism on the progress of the project, “We look forward to having the line operational by June for cargo and around November or December for Passenger” he said.

On his part, Mr. Mutindika the Regional Commissioner Mr. Mainga also cited that the line is important because it will make the transportation of cargo from the port of Mombasa to Kisumu more efficient, “We shall be able to move cargo without having to offload it anywhere.” he said

The RC Nakuru Mr. Natembeya spoke about the menace of vandalism in sections of the railway line, he termed it as a serious crime, “Vandalism of the railway line is a serious crime, it is economic saboteur.” he said. He further called upon the public to observe and report the perpetrators because the line will benefit the region tremendously.

On March 23 2021, the team inspected a section of the line next to the Railway Training Institute Marine School, Kibos ICD and the new Kisumu Train Station. The team urged the contractor on site under the supervision of Eng. Thomas Mauti to purpose to complete the construction of the station in two weeks.

On his part, Mr. Mutindika the Regional Commissioner for Nyanza reinforced Mr. Natembeya’s warning against vandalism of the railway line. “Vandalism is a crime punishable by law, I urge members of public to come forth with any information regarding the same” he said.