Uhuru's expensive pet project that has been mired in controversy since inception

The construction of the second phase of Standard Gauge Railway from Nairobi to Naivasha will be completed in September. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • President Kenyatta swore that nothing would come in the way of his pet project whose cost was considerably higher compared to others in countries like Ethiopia.

  • Kenyans were even more surprised when they saw diesel-powered locomotives being unloaded at Mombasa port instead of the high-speed trains they had been promised.

  • In 2017, Mr Macharia said the government would spend Sh65 billion to electrify the line by 2021.

Ever since the construction of the standard gauge railway began in Mombasa in October 2013, the project has been dogged by one scandal after another.

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