Ministry on the spot over plans to import ageing Spanish trains

Commuters alight from a stalled train at Muthurwa on April 15, 2015. Kenya is planning to import 11 used diesel trains from Spain — some as old as 25 years. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In the deal, a single train is priced at between Sh71 million and Sh137 million (without spares or any upgrade).

  • The deal is now at an advanced stage, pushed by influential Transport ministry officials despite operational challenges being pointed out.
  • Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and principal secretaries Charles Hinga and Esther Koimett have kept off commenting on the procurement.

Kenya is planning to import 11 used diesel trains from Spain — some as old as 25 years — in a Sh10 billion plan for a commuter train service and high capacity buses in Nairobi, the Sunday Nation can reveal.

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