It goes without saying that the recently commissioned 120-kilometre Nairobi-Naivasha extension of the new railway line ending at Suswa is an economic puzzle, as the bulk of the cargo that comes through the port of Mombasa is either destined for Nairobi, or is in transit to Uganda and beyond. It is a misguided “if we build they will come” scheme since Suswa offers none of the advantages associated with a viable location for an industrial park.
RASNA WARAH explains why the decision to force importers to use rail transport could retard urban growth along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, entrenching Nairobi’s position as the nerve centre of economic activity in the country.
Was the SGR really necessary? What is its value addition to the country's overall economic well-being? Africa Uncensored's John-Allan Namu sat down with a fierce critic of the SGR project, economist David Ndii, to get his views on the matter in this collaboration with The Elephant.
“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” -Frederick Douglass The building of standard gauge (SGR) railways in both Uganda and Kenya and the predictable sagas that have ensued are reminiscent of the controversies surrounding the building of the Uganda and Rhodesian Railways in the late 19th and early […]
Kenya has both narrow and standard gauge railways running in parallel between Mombasa and Nairobi. Tanzania is gearing up to build a standard gauge line to Morogoro and beyond while it goes ahead with rehabilitating the existing metre gauge line. The SGR is portrayed as an ambitious regional policy linking the six EAC countries, but […]
Politics rather than economics are driving multi-billion dollar investments in new ports and railways. Commentators agree that Africa needs huge investment to bridge the ‘infrastructural deficit’ after decades of neglect. In recent years, East African Community (EAC) members have launched transport projects worth tens of billions of US dollars. A Chinese contractor is building a standard gauge railway (SGR) […]
David Ndii's take on the economics behind the proposed Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway at Ufungamano Multi-Sectoral Forum. Happened on Mar 18, 2014.
Kiriro wa Ngugi's explains why there is a need to rethink the proposed Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway at Ufungamano Multi-Sectoral Forum. Happened on March 18, 2014.
On Madaraka Day 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the region’s most expensive public works project – the controversial Standard Gauge Railway. Its been the subject of debate for some time… Kiriro wa Ngugi’s take on the SGR