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Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 10:29 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Leaders in Nakuru County are now pushing for the standard gauge railway line to pass through Nakuru Town, which is the county's headquarters. Led by former NACADA boss and gubernatorial aspirant John Mututho, the leaders argue that it would be economically unfair to Nakuru town if the modern railway does not pass through the town, which was once rated as the fastest growing in Africa.
Speaking during a gubernatorial aspirants' debate organized by the Nakuru Business Association on Tuesday evening, Mr Mututho and his competitor Lee Kinyanjui said that Nakuru's economic growth would be greatly hampered and affected should the railway not pass through the town. Mr Mututho said that Nakuru risks losing investors as most of them will opt to shift to Naivasha where the railway has been planned to pass through.
He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to use his influence to introduce slight change in the route of SGR to enable it go through Nakuru and proposed that the Delamere family in Nakuru County should donate land along the Naivasha–Nakuru highway to create space for the SGR route. "The Delamere family has huge chunks of land and it will only be fair if they can donate part of that land so that the SGR can find its way through Gilgil to Nakuru,” said Mr Mututho.
The former Naivasha MP also wants the proposed dry inland port to be constructed between Naivasha and Nakuru, something he says will allow both towns an opportunity to reap from the huge investments that will come with it.
On his part, Mr Kinyanjui blamed the incumbent governor Kinuthia Mbugua for failing to lead the lobbying that he said would have ensured that the SGR passes through Nakuru.
The two leaders promised to push for the idea should they be elected as the county boss. Governor Mbugua did not show up during the interview.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County