Chan­daria urges Kepsa to push Uhuru to change SGR route

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

The Kenya Pri­vate Sec­tor Al­liance has urged Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to stop the con­struc­tion of the stan­dard gauge rail­way through the Nairobi Na­tional Park.

In­dus­tri­al­ist Manu Chan­daria said demon­stra­tions by ac­tivists have not helped be­cause Uhuru went ahead and launched the con­tentious Nairobi-Naivasha route last week.

He spoke at Mul­ti­me­dia Uni­ver­sity in Nairobi yes­ter­day at a fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Con­ser­va­tion Al­liance of Kenya and the Kenya Rail­ways Cor­po­ra­tion. The fo­rum was meant to dis­cuss how the coun­try can de­velop with­out com­pro­mis­ing nat­u­ral re­sources.

“Rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tions like Kepsa and KAM should talk to the Pres­i­dent and con­vince him to change his mind. Once the pro­ject is com­plete, these are the peo­ple who will use it,” Chan­daria said.

The pro­posed path of the 120km Nairobi-Naivasha line cuts across the mid­dle of the park for six kilo­me­tres, di­vid­ing it into two al­most equal por­tions.

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta op­er­ates ma­chin­ery dur­ing the launch of phase two of the stan­dard gauge rail­way on Oc­to­ber 19

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