In a move to make the the Kenyan SGR train services more effective, the management has come up with a new resolution for children over the age of 3 years to pay full fare on SGR trains effective June 1st. This is a new rule released by Kenya Railways as of today.
This comes amidst the strugging kenya railways tries to squeeze hard to get funds to repay the government loan standing at 473 billion which is the highest government owed money from the kenya railways parastatals. Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta with his team headed for china to secure another loan to complete phase 3 of the SGR railway. However, the China government declined the request.
Instead, Kenya bagged some $400 million it says will be used to upgrade its 120-years old metre gauge railway to Malaba on the border with Uganda.
President Kenyatta had hoped to secure $3.68 billion from China—in loans and grant—to take the SGR line from Naivasha in Central Rift Valley to the lakeside town of Kisumu, and on to the Malaba border crossing from where Uganda would take over its construction to Kampala and beyond.
Kenyan officials put up a brave face on their failure to secure funding for this phase of the SGR project but people familiar with the negotiations said the change of fortunes came as a big disappointment for President Kenyatta, who has positioned the multimillion-dollar railway as a key pillar of his legacy.