The government has assured Kenyans of its commitment to constructing the remaining phases of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to include Kisumu and Malaba borders through Uganda to Rwanda, DRC.The government has assured Kenyans of its commitment to constructing the remaining phases of the SGR to include Kisumu and Malaba borders through Uganda to Rwanda, DRC.
Speaking during the Dutch Trade Mission on Port Development, Roads, and Transport, Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said the SGR railway development will be open to private investment .
Further, the extension will be integrated with the development of logistics hubs and industrial parks.
“ We are currently working with the Government of Uganda to connect the Standard Gauge railway to Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.
By the end of June 2027, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will be extended to Kisumu, Malaba, and Isiolo as part of a Kes 2.1 trillion plan by the State Department of Transport.
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After signing a contract to find funding to build the train, the nation included Uganda in the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line expansion in July.
The concept, which is a portion of the Sh3.42 trillion Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) project, was taken from the Jubilee Government's major scheme on SGR.
Lapsset aims to encourage migration within Kenya, South Sudan, and Ethiopia in order to free up northern Kenya and restructure the northern corridor.
President William Ruto directed fast tracking of the upgrading of the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo Road section of the LAPSSET Highway to Bitumen Standard, which will ensure there is a complete tarmacked road network linking the Port of Lamu to Ethiopia.
“To date, the upgrading of the Lamu – Ijara – Garissa (250 KM) section is currently at 80% and that of Garissa – Isiolo (288 KM) is at 13%,” Murkomen stated.
So far, the SGR from Mombasa to Naivasha has been financed by the Chinese at a total cost of Kes 656.1 billion.