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Govt approves extension of Standard Gauge Railway to Malaba

24 March 2016, 11:58

Nairobi -  The government on Wednesday approved the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway line to the western border town of Malaba through the city of Kisumu.

The railway line was initially designed to run from the seaport of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi, but has previously been extended to Naivasha.

China Exim Bank funds 90 percent of the first phase- from Mombasa to Nairobi with the remainder financed by the Kenyan government.

A subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company is carrying out the work.

Read Also: KES 15B train project to end traffic jams in Nairobi

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the cabinet meeting over the rail extension.

Kisumu is Kenya's third largest city after Nairobi and Mombasa. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Malaba lies along the border with Uganda.

The 450 km Mombasa-Nairobi section will be completed next year.

The rail is expected to extend eventually to other East African countries. In Kenya, it will replace a narrow-gauge track built over a century ago during British colonial rule.

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