Kenyans Are Convinced the SGR Ngong Tunnel is in China – PHOTOS

September 25, 2018

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.

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