H.E. Joseph Ole Lenku today launched a new passenger coach service to serve the Kajiado to Konza route at the TATA Chemicals Kajiado Railway Station. The carrier service that will run twice a week will have a carrying capacity of 150 passengers on board and is set to ease travel while reducing traffic along the road networks on the targeted routes.
Speaking during the launch, the Governor said the train service will ease transport, improve efficiency while opening up business opportunities for the communities along the railway and its destinations.
He lauded the partnership between his government and TATA Chemicals Magadi for such a milestone in the transport sector in Kajiado adding that such development oriented initiatives are historical and worth emulating by other corporate in the County.
“I would like to urge the people of Kajiado East to support TATA Chemicals Magadi if they find an opportunity to do so because they have made life much better for them,” said Lenku.
He said that already far flung areas like Emali had registered interest in having the passenger train service extended to reach them so that they can also benefit from the potential business gains it stood to offer.
At the same time Lenku assured the residents of Kajiado that plans are underway to repair roads and bridges that have been rendered impassable due to the recent heavy downpour. He intimated that the Ewuaso-Ngong-Kiserian-Isinya-Imaroro is set to be launched in the coming week and urged investors in the County to take advantage of this enhanced road network to do business while empowering the people.
On his part the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho challenged corporate investors to partner with the County government in development projects adding that it is such initiatives that are key in uplifting the livelihoods of the people.
“Every company in Kajiado has a special role to join hands with the County Government in service delivery to the people of this County,” he said.
Moshisho said TATA Chemical has paved the way for other corporate bodies within the county to build meaningful connections with the community and urged them to follow suit.
Speaking at the ceremony, the MD of Tata Chemicals Magadi Eng. Jackson Mbui stated that as a company, the provision of the rail passenger coach service between Kajiado and Konza will hopefully empower the local community as well as provide savings in both time and money for commuters.
“Our hope is that this coach service will also foster development in the Kajiado area, opening up trade and commerce avenues for the county as a whole,” he concluded.
Also present at the function was TATA Chemicals Magadi Managing Director Jackson Muchira Mbui, County Executive Committee Members, National Government representatives, Members of County Assembly led by Magadi Ward MCA, Hon. Joseph Masiaya among others.
The Governor and the leadership later rode the maiden train ride from Kajiado to Konza Market where they addressed the elated residents highlighting to them the key development gains of the public-private partnership that has borne the commuter service train.