The Chinese contractor on the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railways from Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday issued a statement, denying reports that two trains had collided in the Nachu tunnel.
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) responded after blogger Robert Alai accused the contractor of hiding the accident that he alleged to have hurt some workers.
“Two SGR trains on Phase 2A have collided between Kimuka Tunnel and Nachu station. The rail workers have sustained injuries rushed to some hospitals in Ngong. The Chinese are working so hard to hide this information. Hey James Macharia, call these fools and ask,” Alai tweeted.
CCCC quickly dismissed the allegations made, dismissing them as fake new.
“We urge the public to ignore fake news published in a section of social media, alleging that two trains have collided on the SGR phase 2A line between the Kimuka tunnel and Nachu station. No such accident has happened,” CCCC’s statement read in part.
The Chinese contractor went ahead to issue a progress report on the construction of the SGR.
“The 120 kilometre SGR Phase 2A line, from Nairobi to Suswa – Narok, is still under construction with 95 per cent complete. As such the track is not yet operational and we are currently testing the portion of the track that is complete, ahead of commissioning later in the year.”
“We would wish to assure the general public that the CCCC SGR Head Office is and remains transparent and any breaking news or subsequent developments regarding the construction of the SGR Project will be communicated through the official social media handles,” the company stated.