- SGR Launch
Last week the President delivered on one of his key promises when he commissioned the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Freight Service and the passenger service “Madaraka Express” from Mombasa to Nairobi. The key message the President drove home with this commissioning was that he delivers on the promises he makes and he is busy working for all Kenyans, all 45 million of them.
As you know the SGR commissioning came after the President had returned from visits to the United Kingdom, China and Italy, where he attended major conferences on infrastructure and the G7 – marketing Kenya and getting its voice heard in the global marketplace.
Today, more than 1,300 people were booked on the service to Mombasa from Nairobi, an oversubscription and a clear signal that the service is an important cog in Kenya’s infrastructure development.
It is common knowledge that propagandists and purveyors of empty rhetoric, not believing that the train would be delivered on time and on budget, have now focused their noises on the notion that the SGR was somehow overpriced. Nothing could be further from the truth and anyone really interested in the story can look up details of this project from the relevant ministry and Kenya Railways.
- Nakuru County:
The President has spent the last three days in Nakuru, a metropolitan county and one of the key commercial hubs in Rift Valley, meeting the people and discussing measures he has taken to improve their lives.
- The Administration has equipped Nakuru Level 5 and Level 4 hospitals hence reducing long distance travel for medical services
- Public street lighting has been put in place in Molo, Naivasha, Nakuru Town, Rongai and Gilgil
- Construction of Phase 2A of the SGR to Naivasha has already started. The government is committed to constructing a dry port in Naivasha. Obviously, some people who don’t understand basic logistics claim that the dry port will replace the seaport. It will not. Dry ports fasten the movement of goods from factories to their countries of destination, in countries where transport by sea, road and rail are efficient, and our growing efficiency must be accompanied by facilities to match. The dry port in Naivasha will lead to: Heavy investment in Naivasha; Job creation; and Quicker, cheaper and safer transportation of goods hence reduction in cost of production with positive trickle down effect on price of goods.
- Naivasha is the home to Kenya’s biggest geothermal power generation; clean energy, has contributed to 70% of Kenyans accessing electricity. This is important for new investment in manufacturing and industrialization, because of the reduction in the cost of production.
- The government’s flagship Free Maternity Services Programme has seen 119,255 deliveries in Nakuru County at a cost of KSHS 548.8 Million over the past four years. Today for instance, a total number of natural births in Nakuru Level 5 Hospital stood at 39 deliveries, while 8 mothers were awaiting delivery. Additionally, 22 mothers delivered through caesarean section, all these services being provided for free.
- The President has now put free NHIF insurance for a year’s period for beneficiaries of the free maternity at the top of his re-election agenda.
Manoah Esipisu, MBS
& State House Spokesperson