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Kinyua now orders State contractors to use SGR - 11 months ago, 13 Mar 07:56

By: Doreen Wainainah

Government departments and agencies have been ordered to transport all import and export cargo on the standard gauge railway (SGR), adding a new twist to ongoing efforts to beef up the revenue base for Kenya’s most prized infrastructure. Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said in a March 7 circular that “all cargo imported and/or exported by government agencies, including cargo for projects undertaken by third parties, must be moved on SGR.” Movement of any cargo between Mombasa and Nairobi by any other means shall require written consent from the Transport Principal Secretary, Mr Kinyua says. To boost the uptake of cargo freight on the SGR, the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) less than a fortnight ago slashed container handling charges for a 20-foot local container at the inland container depot (ICD) in Embakasi to Sh8,160 ($80) from Sh10,506 ($103). The circular orders the ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs) to ensure ...
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