Allow me to call them the 20 things you need to know about the SGR

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1. While the Msa Nbi distance is 500KM the line is close to 700KM due to many passing stations. We equally don’t have a single level crossing like what we had on the old line . Ethiopias has many level crossing lines. Level crossing is the cross sign where vehicles are stopped to allow the train to pass. The line is all suspended high up in populated areas.

2. We discussed the issue of schedules and tariffs. Both will soon be availed . As tourism players we shall play an active role to support domestic tourism.

3. At any one time they can move 1620 passengers. Initially they only had an economy & first class. After we made a suggestion two months they have ordered two coaches with flat bed similar to an aircraft. We are honoured.

4. The stations are all themed borrowing heavily from the local surroundings. All the stations will be handed over to the community and it is the policy of KR that they employ as many people from the local areas where the stations are located. Please watch out for the ads . Over 300 people are already being trained in China.

5. John Holland of Australia with CRBC will operate the line including all the stations.

6. Passengers train will all be air conditioned and WiFi enabled. This is cool .

7. There will be enough dinning and bar facilities on board the train.

8. The express train will only stop at Mtito Andei for few minutes. Next stop will be Mombasa or Nairobi.

9. Our SGR has close to 40KM of of raised super bridges some as high as 40 Metres esp in Tsavo to mitigate against accidents and wild animals underpass.

10. The line is made up of heavy concrete slipers weighing 300KG which helps to absorb the vibration etc. There is virtually no vibration reaching the ground to disturb the animals.

No shanties to be allowed around the stations hence County governments must support the project and zone the areas bordering the stations.

11. Naivasha inland container depot is NOT meant to undermine Mombasa. Naivasha is designated as a Export processing zone. Key hitch for Kenya to attract manufacturers is the cost of power. With next door Geothermal plant , electricity will be very cheap which should attract investors.

The zone is to produce goods for export including farm produce value addition like Tea etc.

12. The line will extend to Kisumu then Malaba and Uganda will connect from there. It is the dream and goals of EasternAfrica to be connected via train network.

13. Passengers train is an icing on the cake since the main goal is to move cargo saving our roads from damage and accidents.

14.They will soon advertise for services at the station including restaurants, shops etc . We cautioned them to stop any fake brand imitating an established international brands . A big NO to likes of Cossta Coffee at JKIA.

15. All locomotives are brand new and non are refurbished. The locomotives are all here and anyone who wants to inspect them is free to do so.

16. These type of locomotives are still being manufactured and China exports to many countries including Australia and USA.

17. Why China? The Exim bank were the only guys ready to finance the project . The rest is just noise. If anyone is ready to finance Naivasha to Malaba please met me know I link you up with Eng Maina. Fact is that others is just talk but no action to indeed finance the line .

18. SGR will NOT use current Mombasa and Nairobi Station . Mombasa station is at Miritini while Nairobi is at Syokimau bordering the Nbi National Park. Future is to link up with an urban metro

19.The project will be delivered on 1st June to HE The President 18 months before schedule.

20. A fam trip will be arranged to Nbi and return same day. KCTA will liase with KR. Express train will do 4 1/2 hours Nbi Mombasa.

As always I choose ro remain an optimist.

UhuruAt4

On this day 4 years ago, we gathered at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani to witness Uhuru Kenyatta being sworn into office. 4 years later, we can confidently say that the President has delivered on the development agenda. Enemies of country would want Kenyans to believe that the Jubilee administration has failed in its mandate, that Kenya is a failed state. This is a lie informed by selfishness; where self interest supersede patriotism. But this morning I will remind you that numbers don’t lie. We will share more as the day goes by. #JubileeAt4 #UhuruAt4

Raila tibim

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Everyone performing so badly according to the polls would attack and malign the pollster. In this day and age of many tools to gauge your influence, only a complete IDIOT would campaign without periodically engaging a pollster to measure the effects of his/her campaigns.

Kisumu Gubernatorial candidates are sleeping. You need to behave like you went to school. Shouting “UCHIEK”, “TIBIM” “RIIIAAH” or “UMOOR” will never get you votes.

Articulate your views, ideals and issues well and don’t forget to measure the effect of your message and messaging. Don’t blame #InfoTrakPolls when they show you that you are not having so much effect on the voters.

Stop shouting. Start communicating with voters. Stop being arrogant and blind to the reality. Listen and engage.

Do not vote for NASA-President

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday told the opposition to prepare for a tough battle in the August general election. Uhuru said NASA co-principals have shown Kenyans they do not have leadership qualities, which is why they have not agreed on the flagbearer.

“If they have failed to agree on a presidential candidate, alone, how can Kenyans trust them when it came to country’s leadership.There are only good at negotiations and criticising,” Uhuru said. The President was speaking at Kilgoris town after he opened a public market and unveiled medical equipment at Kilgoris hospital.

He also laid the foundation for a level 4 hospital in Emurua Dikirr. Uhuru unveiled medical equipment at Narok County Referral Hospital and commissioned Narok-Sekenani road.

“The opposition has formed tribal parties and has started to call for negotiations among themselves, which will not help this country. What Kenyans need are services and the Jubilee government has done a lot in development and improving the lives of Kenyans,” Uhuru said.

He was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter (Energy), Najib Balala (Tourism), Sicily Kariuki (Public Service and Gender Affairs), National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale and Narok Governor Samuel Tunai.