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President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially opened the new ultra-modern Kisumu Railway Station located on Busia Road next to Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) as he commences his 3-day working tour of Nyanza and Western Kenya regions.

The President first landed on Monday evening in Miwani where he inspected rehabilitation works of a viaduct on the Nakuru-Kisumu railway line implemented by the Kenya Defence Forces.

The president later visited the Kisumu Railways station where he officially opened the facility.

The station was constructed as part of rehabilitation works of the Nakuru-Kisumu railway and the re-introduction of passenger service on the route.

It is equipped with a spacious ticketing zone, lounge and powerful public address system.

Next to the Railway Station is a business complex with 50,000 square feet of commercial rental space available to traders looking to benefit from the high human and small cargo traffic using the facility.

While addressing the leaders including locals, the President lauded KDF for their work and also the NYS saying infrastructure was key to unlocking the economy, building it and creating more wealth and employment opportunities for thousands of jobless people.

He said with the Railways the cost of Transport has reduced and people can now travel affordably.

On Tuesday, the However on Tuesday, the head of state will oversee the official commissioning of the Kisumu Shipyards Limited at Kisumu pier.

He is also expected to oversee the floatation of the MV Uhuru II ship which is nearing completion.

The Sh2.4 billion vessel with a capacity of 1,800 tonnes was being built at the Kenya Shipyard Limited's Kisumu facility by Kenyan agencies, including the KDF, in partnership with Dutch firm-Damen shipyards.

This is the first ship to be constructed and locally assembled in the country which has given the country a great milestone as it positions itself to tap into the potential of Lake transport and the blue economy.

According to the Kenya Shipyard Limited, assembling the ship locally has saved the Kenyan taxpayers Sh1.3 billion an amount that would have been used for imports.

It will complement the old MV Uhuru 1 built-in 1966 and being operated by Kenya Railways, currently ferrying goods mainly petroleum products to Uganda.

MV Uhuru 1 has a capacity of 1,260 tones.

Completion of MV Uhuru II will bring the total Kenya vessel capacity at the Port of Kisumu to above 3,060 tonnes. - FAITH MATETE, The Star

 

Pope Francis says he wishes to reschedule his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan as soon as possible.

While addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope apologized to the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for having to postpone his Apostolic Visit to their countries, set for 2-7 July, due to his knee and leg-related problems.

Expressing how much this trip means to him, the Pope suggested he is optimistic and asked the faithful to join him in praying for the trip to take place as soon as possible.

On Friday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced the postponement of the Apostolic Journey.

“At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan, planned for 2 to 7 July, to a later date to be determined”.

The Papal Trip to two African nations was to include two stops in the DRC – in the capital, Kinshasa, and the city of Goma – and a visit to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. - Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican News

 

Construction works at the new Nairobi Railway City and Public Realm will start in two months.

It will have eight lines and an additional four lines for freight services once it is completed in two years.

Speaking at Serena Hotel during the unveiling of the final design by representatives of United Kingdom and Kenyan governments, Transport Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge said the government is committed to ensure there is a seamless implementation of the project.

 “I challenge the multi-agency team charged with the responsibility of seeing the project comes to fruition to stop from too much talking to work and ensure the project is completed on time so that Kenyans can benefit from the fruits of the projects,” said Njoroge.

The project, which will be constructed at a cost of Sh27.9 billion, was designed by UK firm Atkins Global. It was unveiled by the UK Prime Minister’s G7 and G20 Sherpa Jonathan Black.

During the event, the government also revealed it is negotiating for the provision of up to Sh220 billion of UK Export Finance for projects in Kenya, with the new central station likely to be a first beneficiary.

The event was also attended by UK Deputy High Commissioner Julius Court, Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General, Mohammed Badi,  Director for Public Investment Management at the National Treasury Stanley Kamau and Kenya Railways Managing Director Philip Mainga.

The proposed station is part of the wider Nairobi Railway City redevelopment programme that is being championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and supported by the UK government.

It is aimed at redeveloping the 425 acres of the central Nairobi in a bid to ease congestion in the city and spur economic growth.

 “Great cities have always been engines of growth and innovation, and today’s big challenge is how they can also become cleaner, greener and smarter so that they are great places for people to live and work in,” said Mr Black.

He added: “This is a challenge across the world, from Nairobi to London. That is why it is such a pleasure to be here today for the launch of the design for the new central railway station and public realm that will sit at the heart of Nairobi Railway City.”

Court said the Nairobi Railway City is a flagship project in the UK-Kenya Strategic Partnership which was agreed by President Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the Africa Investment Summit in 2020.

“Today’s event reflects the growing strength and integration of the UK’s infrastructure offer to Kenya and the UK’s commitment to the ‘Build Back Better World and Clean Green Initiative’ aimed at delivering investment into clean and green infrastructure,” said Mr Court.

  Design Director for Atkins, Chris Crombie said the Nairobi Railway City is a hugely important, flagship project in the heart of the city and the gateway to East Africa.

Crombie said the railway city project will support the Kenyan government in its commitment to deliver jobs, as well as green and sustainable infrastructure that drives regeneration.

The Nairobi Railway City is expected to be a world-class, climate-resilient project delivering transport capacity to sustain future growth and lay the foundations for a Green City of the Future.

The deal was first agreed between President Uhuru and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting in London two years ago.

Railway infrastructure will take the lion’s share at Sh17.6 billion.

The first phase includes the Central Railway Station and a commercial complex with two towers of 5,000 square metres each. - Nathan Ochunge, The Standard

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