In keeping up with the mitumba(second hand) culture that’s deeply entrenched in the Kenyan DNA, the government is in the process of acquiring some ancient diesel trains that should have been bought during the late Jomo Kenyatta era.

The 11 refurbished DMUs (diesel multiple units), some as old as 25 years, are coming from Spain. They will cost taxpayers Sh1.15 billion and not Sh10billion as earlier reported by some sections of mainstream media.

Transport Principal Secretary Esther Koimett made the clarification on her Twitter page as she shared some pictures of the said trains.

“These are the actual DMUs we are getting. Cost for the 11 DMUs is Ksh 1.5 billion NOT Ksh 10 billion,” she said in response to a report in the local dailies last month.

According to Koimett, the trains should serve Kenyans for another 20-25 years. If this is the plan, it means some Kenyans may not live long enough to see electric trains in Nairobi.

To make matters worse, Spain is offloading the trains to replace them with EMUs (Electric Units), just like every other serious government in the world is doing.

At this point, I’m convinced the Kenyan government could get us the ark that Noah used and we wouldn’t even be surprised.

The PS further said the locomotives are expected to transport around 132,000 people daily, up from the current 13,000 commuters served per day.

The trains are part of a Sh10 billion plan to decongest Nairobi and environs alongside high capacity buses to be used for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system.

Kenya Railways says the trains will necessitate the building of nine new stations, namely: Kenyatta University, Umoja, Kibera, Thogoto, Mbagathi Way, Kitengela, Dagoretti and Strathmore University.

If acquired, the DMUs will be deployed to Nairobi Central Station, Syokimau, Embakasi Village, Thika, Kikuyu and Kitengela.

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