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Kenya's $3.2 billion Nairobi-Mombasa rail line opens with help from China - Quartz

More than a 100 years ago, the British opened the “Lunatic Express,” a 600-mile railway running through Uganda and Kenya, to cement its colonial claims over rival European powers in East Africa. Today, Kenya has replaced that decrepit rail line with a ...and more »

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 1, 2017 - MFA China

Q: The Mombasa-Nairobi railway constructed by the Chinese company was officially launched yesterday. State Councilor Wang Yong attended the ceremony as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping. The Kenyan side is full of praise for the railway. What ...and more »

Full 2017 Madaraka Day speech - Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

Today, we celebrate our right to govern ourselves. That right was not given to us; we fought for it. Nyeri, this county of heroes, gave us some of our most valiant warriors. Our monumental victory in the war of liberation from the colonial government ...and more »

Kenya inaugurates Chinese-built railway linking port to capital - Reuters

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya inaugurated a $3.2 billion railway funded by China linking the capital Nairobi to the port of Mombasa on Wednesday, the country's biggest infrastructure project since independence more than 50 years ago. The railway is ...and more »

It is time for Kenyans to stop celebrating Madaraka Day - Mail & Guardian Africa

Since Kenya gained independence, the country has marked two independence days every year. But is the 'self-rule' Madaraka Day celebration necessary? Kenyans celebrate to mark Madaraka Day. (Noor Khamis, Reuters). Kenya's national holidays have gone ...and more »

World View: China-Built Railway in Kenya Raises Questions About 'Debt Trap Diplomacy' - Breitbart News

Kenya on Wednesday launched a new railway line call he Madaraka (Freedom) Express, linking Kenya's Port of Mombasa on the India Ocean to the capital city Nairobi. The word “Madaraka” commemorates the day that Kenya became independent in 1963. The new ...and more »

Greatest tribute to those who fell in battle, survived to birth Kenya is to remain united - Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

We will be celebrating this year's Madaraka Day in the shadow of national elections. As is usual and perhaps expected and most certainly welcome, elections are a time for robust discourse, and a pitting of opposing worldviews and ideologies ...and more »

Passengers excited as Kenya launches standard gauge railway - GCR

Reactions are coming in from passengers on Kenya's brand new, $3.2bn Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which began commercial operations on 30 May after a three-and-a-half year construction period. “There are no bumps or potholes, the ride is so smooth ...and more »

Why Raila sight made Uhuru and Ruto see demons in Nyeri - Daily Nation

Nasa leader Raila Odinga (left) and National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi converse during Madaraka Day celebrations at Kabiruini grounds in Nyeri on June 1, 2017. Recent opinion polls show Mr Odinga has made significant gains in ...and more »

NASA pledges free secondary education from September - Citizen TV (press release)

The Opposition, National Super Alliance (NASA), leader Raila Odinga has pledged to make education free from nursery to Form Four beginning September this year if elected the next President of Kenya on August 8 when Kenyans go to the ballot. Speaking ...and more »