Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero returned earlier today from a weeklong trip to Japan where he clinched a deal to introduce commuter trains to the capital Nairobi.
Kidero is fighting a vicious city matatu industry wary of exiting the lucrative – and exploitative – city mass transit bus industry even as traffic snarl -ups eat into productive man hours of the city’s working class. The governor, already facing fierce opposition from the powerful matatu overlords – some who include senior police officers and Uhuru regime wheeler-dealers, however intimate he will follow through with his plans and deliver to the city county a reliable, affordable and safe public transport system.
The deal, with the Yurikamome Mass Transit Automated Guideway Train system, will see the city introduce modern commuter trains which will transport over 170,000 passengers daily.
The system is fully automated and transports about 170,000 passengers daily and runs for 16 hours each day.
â€œI am happy to announce that my government and the Japan International Corporation are at a very advanced stage of negotiations to commence construction of the mass transit system in Nairobi County through the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authorityâ€ Dr Kidero said.
He said construction is expected to start in February 2016.
In September last year, the governor visited Germany over the same rail transport initiative and met officials of another rail transport company which now seem to have been overtaken by this new development.
A convenient & affordable means of transport for Nairobi. That’s why I’m in Berlin. pic.twitter.com/U6MUir6qGy
â€” Dr. Evans Kidero (@KideroEvans) September 24, 2014