The process of linking the railway transport between Kenya and Uganda will be complete in a month according to the government. Once complete, transportation of cargo from Mombasa to Naivasha will be done through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and later through the Meter-gauge from Naivasha to Malaba. This came as the government announced plans to introduce 24-hours service at the Port of Mombasa and the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Mai Mahiu Naivasha. This emerged when the PS for East African Community Kevin Desai visited the Inland Container Depot in Mai Mahiu that has been operational since last year.
Addressing the press after the visit, Desai said that the government was keen on a seamless transfer of cargo from Mombasa to neighboring countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. “The East African Community is working on a seamless inter-connectivity and this will be achieved in a month’s time when works on the meter-gauge railway line is complete.” He said. Desai termed the railway line as the way to go noting that it was cheaper and faster compared to the road transport that has been in use for years. “By collecting goods from the Inland Container Depot, traders from the neighboring countries will have reduced the distance covered by trailers by over 400kms.” He said.
On the Inland Container Depot, he said that to date, the facility had received over 11,000 containers with 64 percent being for local usage. “Operations on the depot are on the rise and it has a higher potential and of the cargo received here 30 percent is on transit.” He said. The PS at the same time noted that the government was keen to make the Port of Mombasa be operational for 4 hours in line with other countries and emerging trends. “By making the Port and the Inland Container Depot in Naivasha operational for 24 hours, we shall make them competitive in the region.” He said. Speaking earlier during a tour of ICD, Water CS Sicily Kariuki said that the government was keen to make the park fully operational.
“The government has provided funds to fully supply the industrial park with water and this is now a reality as the contractor enters the last phase.” She said. She noted that the pipeline was ready adding that the five boreholes in Naivasha would be pumping over 6,000 cubic meters of water to the park every day.