Just like the recent unveiling of new police uniforms, the completion of the SGR Ngong Tunnel has been met with discontent from Kenyans who claim it is more Chinese than Kenyan.
The tunnel, which is the second longest railway tunnel in Africa and first in East Africa, was on Monday completed after two years of construction.
It stretches for 7.41km and is on the 120-kilometer Nairobi-Naivasha route of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). It has been designed as a single-track railway path with a clearance height of 7.6 metres and a width of 6.4 metres.
The Ngong tunnel is funded by the Exim Bank of China at a cost of Sh150 million.
According to the Kenya Railways management, laying of tracks is the next step after completing the tunnel.
And as Kenya Railways celebrated the milestone yesterday, Kenyans online pointed out how every aspect of the project was Chinese.
It features prominent Chinese writings with the few English translations being done on a smaller font. The site at Embulbul (Kajiado County) also features the colours red and yellow of the Chinese flag and Kenyans on Twitter have made their discontent known.
We have sampled some reactions after the pictures below.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? Why is everything written in Chinese???? @KenyaRailways_ @SGRHeadOffice you gotta be joking! This country is being ruined. SGR Ngong tunnel looking like a tunnel in Guangzhou. So disgusting eh! There’s no single trace of Kenya 🇰🇪 in this thing. pic.twitter.com/v9gy21IvUK
— Senteu Ole Tikani (@SenteuOleTikani) September 24, 2018
Are you kidding me? People are ruining this country. SGR Ngong tunnel looking like a tunnel in Guangzhou. I’m so disgusted. There’s no single trace of Kenya 🇰🇪 in this thing. pic.twitter.com/LSSEgxIWQm
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) September 24, 2018
— The Flyest (@Fly_Nijo) September 24, 2018
The New Police Uniforms Look similar to the Uniforms of the Chinese Employees on SGR. Are the Police becoming Chinese employees too?Meanwhile the Ngong Tunnel has been designed in a Way that it looks like Beijing China without a single Kenyan flag!! We can’t allow such. RESIST! pic.twitter.com/1709PzPvYh
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) September 24, 2018
Most of the writings here at the Ngong SGR Tunnel are in Chinese because Chinese is set to become Kenya’s third national language. pic.twitter.com/mfTjkakwAt
— DP RUTO (@NotRuto) September 24, 2018
Wu shing shang ,zo’ la li-Ngong Province inn the Chinese region of CHIKEN. uwiii shwang ko pi’kenya ching chang pu. Xwin hu pa @JamesMacharia_ @ChinaDailyUSA @XinhuaChinese @ChinaDailyUSA #SGRNgongTunnel #SGRNgongTunnel #SGRProgress pic.twitter.com/ul7C9SmSSZ
— Evans Jamal Kitiwa (@evansomuloh) September 24, 2018
Definition of when you invite boy child to dinner at your house; he leaves one shoe behind, next time he forgets the other, then sock, a shirt… Before you know it he’s moved in closet space, wall portraits and all 🙄
It always ends up working out though #SGRNgongTunnel pic.twitter.com/DU6WGtvDon
— Chelimo (@jpoghisio) September 24, 2018
Longest railway tunnel in China or Kenya… lol
— Philip Etale (@EtalePhilip) September 24, 2018
I’m also wondering if this is 🇰🇪 or China🤷🏽♀️
— Kambua (@Kambua) September 24, 2018
Wakenya mjifunze Kichina, we have to please our masters.
— Raymond Kyalo (@raymond_kyalo) September 24, 2018
Am saddened by the large Chinese writings with no Swahili translation. Ukoloni mamboleo
— Omoroh (@Omoroh4) September 24, 2018
My worry is the Chinese language all over the place
— Naftal Obwocha (@Obwochana) September 24, 2018
Someone would be forgiven for thinking this is Beijing China
— JOBRAN Kenya (@jobransupplies) September 24, 2018
This looks more like a Chinese tunnel than a place in Ngong!! Change this stuff to be Kenyan at least.
— Khali Esq. (@kimaniwaweru) September 24, 2018