SGR ladies cause excitement on social media (Photos)
The women will also be part of the dozens of drivers expected to drive the new SGR trains.
The ladies will serve passengers on board the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) locomotives between the cities of Mombasa and Nairobi.
The ladies were seen posing in rows adorned with marching black yellow and red dresses complete with blazers which some said were intentionally designed to signify the Jubilee Party colours.
The ladies in the pictures could easily have been mistaken for models in a beauty pageant or part of the cabin crew of an international airline.
It is also expected that for the first time in the history of the country, women will be part of the dozens of drivers expected to drive the new SGR trains after completing their courses in China.
At least seven women, are part of a group of Kenyan students the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the SGR contractor, sponsored to undertake a railway course at China’s Baoji Railway Technical College.
Jubilee flagship project
The SGR, a key flagship project of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is set to be commissioned in June.
However, the opposition Nasa led by Raila Odinga, has repeatedly castigated the project terming it part of the many “misplaced priorities” and a waste of tax payers money which has contributed to sinking the country deeper into debt.
Soon after President Kenyatta’s recent trip from China, the government announced Kenya is seeking an additional Sh370 billion ($3.59 billion) Chinese loan to extend the standard gauge railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Kisumu, pushing the total cost of the project to Sh847 billion.
The President today led a Kenyan delegation in making a formal request for additional funds from China Exim Bank.
The money will finance the construction of the third phase of the SGR, a 270km-line between Naivasha and Kisumu.
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