SGR is Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, China Contradicts David Ndii

SGR is Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, China Contradicts David Ndii

While some section of Kenyans cry and complain that the SGR train project was a scam, China through its many publications say the railway is fantastic. According to an article by economist David Ndii, "It is a lose, lose, lose project. We lose, the President loses, the Chinese lose. It is not worth it."
The Kenyan Government went on to launch the project that has since eaten more resources than it has produced.

An article on china.org.cn titled "Chinese-built railway becoming "nerve center" of skills transfer for Kenyan youth" paints a rosy picture of the project.

By featuring examples of employees of the SGR project, China paints a rosy picture.

The Mombasa-Nairobi SGR, which replaces the meter gauge railway that was constructed more than 100 years ago during the British colonial rule, has been an important fruit that came out of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in late 2015.

Transcribing an interview of one employee, they say;

The ambitious youth has found his voice in modern railway transport, thanks to encouragement from his Chinese supervisors coupled with rigorous training.
"I consider myself lucky to have very resourceful supervisors at the dispatch department, who have taught me the nitty-gritty of operating a modern train service," said Mbugua.

The article also reports on a locomotive driver who has gained skills from the Chinese to operate the train.

Wendy Kathambi, a female locomotive driver in her mid-20s, said that working at the SGR passenger train has been a defining moment amid interaction with highly skilled Chinese supervisors.
"I have been able to steer the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR passenger train without supervision since last June, and credit goes to my supervisors who are readily available to offer practical advice," said Kathambi.

This comes after a report of inflated costs of the construction of the infrastructure that leaked and infuriated Kenyans.

Particularly, grass that costed taxpayers 1 billion Kenyan shillings was a highlight.

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