Good news! More coaches to be added on SGR, demand from travelers is high!

Knowing Kenyans and going to the Coast over the holidays is a must and they go in large numbers. Since the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway was introduced to Kenyans as a faster, a more safer and convenient for passengers to travel by compared to buses, its demand has increased than expected.

Kenya Railways has announced on their twitter page that from next week, they will add more coaches to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger service between Nairobi and Mombasa.

 

It is not a rare act for the railway service to increase coaches during the holiday season. As this continues, it is promoting active tourism and also will generate revenue for the government. A win win on both ends.

This is a very smart move and it will see more people travel and miss out on the train tickets due to its nature of always  being fully booked during peak season.

PHOTOS: Uhuru leaves smiles on Kenyans on surprise SGR trip to Mombasa

Nairobi SGR Terminus

The train is currently pulling 16 coaches on economy class tickets and two (72 passengers) on the first class tickets.

SGR train

For those who have not yet traveled  by this locomotive should include it on their bucket list agendas, to experience comfortably and a more faster ride to and from Mombasa and Nairobi. Currently with the 16 coaches it has, it can take 1652 people.

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PHOTOS: Uhuru leaves smiles on Kenyans on surprise SGR trip to Mombasa

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning boarded the SGR to Mombasa where he will be spending his Christmas holiday.

Uhuru, accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, mingled with and said hello to other passengers on board.

The Head of State will be at the Coast for the Christmas festivities until January.

Sources within the presidency refuted claims the trip was secret saying it was Uhuru’s normal travel for holiday to the coast.

“It was just public he boarded and alighted as everyone witnessed. He walked around and talked to people about the SGR service. Wakafika Mombasa akashuka and wakaenda zao na Mama. He is basically spending the holiday and part of January there,” the source said.

Kenya Railways had earlier advised passengers seeking to use SGR to seek alternative means like road or air as the passenger train between Nairobi and Mombasa is fully booked ahead of Christmas.

The corporation said tickets for the train for most days up to December 24 are fully booked with spaces remaining on a few weekday dates.

Currently the SGR is charging Sh1,000 for the economy class with those opting for first class coughing Sh3,000.

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Couple Goals! Governor Alfred Mutua And His Elegant Wife Lillian Show Their HUMBLE Side By Traveling Using Public Transport (PHOTO)

Machakos First Lady Lillian Nganga and her husband Governor Alfred Mutua have revealed a side we never knew about.

The popular couple is no doubt one of the cutest in the political scene and other than that, they live a lavish life, owing to Alfred Mutua’s well-paying job and investments, basically, money is not a problem to them.

Lilian Nganga and Alfred Mutua have been together for years now after it was revealed that he had separated from his first wife, Josephine Maundu. The two had three children who now live in Australia with her.

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Though a lot of people criticized Lilian Nganga when Mutua introduced her as the Machakos First Lady, with some even calling her a husband snatcher, she has been able to get through the accusations, proving that her love for the Governor is genuine.

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Lilian Nganga is treated like a queen by the love of her life, and the two usually take some time off to relax and go on holiday, and this time round, they decided to support domestic tourism by traveling to Mombasa for both business and pleasure.

The lovebirds could have booked a plane to the Coastal town, but they decided that this time they will use the new Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Madaraka Express like any other Kenyan, but of course, they booked first class section.

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Lilian Nganga shared a photo with her main man, looking dapper and happy, with this caption; “Very proud of my Country Kenya for this big stride .. #SGR .. #Infrastructure #Maendeleo #NboMba .. #Najivunia #abouttodepartthe3rdworldbracket.”

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Not many politicians can travel ussing public transport, but this power couple show us that they are still down to earth, and support the new project, which began it’s passenger services on Madaraka Day 2017.
Check them out below before they left the Nairobi Terminus.

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Taita Taveta County Allocates Sh 0.6m to Buy Condoms

Taita-Taveta County government has allocated sh600,000 in the next financial year to purchase condoms lest the region suffers shortage. In 2015/16 budget, the executive proposed that the money should be set aside to ensure that the region doesn’t suffer should the demand for condoms in the region exceed the supply. Normally, the supply of condoms is done by the national government through National Aids and STIs Control Program (NASCOP).

Speaking to KNA Wednesday, Governor John Mruttu said that the money was allocated as contingency vote should the national government fail to meet the demand for condoms in the region. He said that the region has never suffered from lack of condoms but warned that his government was not taking any chances with the lives of the people.

“It’s a prudent move to allocate money for purchase of condoms in case there should be a shortage. The national government has always supplied the products but we also need to have our measures in place just in case anything happens,” he said.

The allocation comes at a time when the region is experiencing a massive influx of people from other regions owing to the multi-million shillings infrastructure projects currently underway. It is estimated that thousands of young people are working in the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project while hundreds others are working for the China City and Construction Company, a contractor who is building a major road from Taveta to Mwatate.

As a result, hundreds of commercial sex workers have invaded the region hoping to cash in on the windfall from the project. Also, there are heightened commercial activities along the Nairobi-Mombasa Road especially at night which is has become a major concern for health experts over increase in HIV infection rates. Maungu Township and Voi town are at the center of the activities given the high numbers of truckers and other travelers who make stopovers at the two towns

Governor Mruttu said that the allocation of the money was meant to cushion the region should there be a scarcity of the products. He argued that it was not uncommon for counties to plan for emergencies should they arise. He added that supply of TB drugs was also a national government function under the Ministry of Health but stated that his county was also setting aside money for the same.