criminals vandalise nairobi-narok standard gauge railway for scrap metal!

Nairobi -Narok Standard Gauge Railway Line>

Nairobi -Narok Standard Gauge Railway Line

by Muthoni Kimani October 29, 2020

The Nairobi Narok standard gauge railway line has become the new hustle for criminals as they vandalised it and sold it as scrap metals.

The railway project that cost Ksh 150 billion connects Nairobi, Kajiado, Narok and Nakuru counties. Government officials have lamented that the illegal sales may soon affect the transport of goods.

The suspects were said to be benefiting from relapse by police and railway patrol officers. The lead suspects are said to be the Bodaboda operators, street urchins and matatu touts.

Inspectors and engineers who inspected the vandalism noted that the damaged SGR lines could hardly support a train.

“The suspects destroy the lines at night and hide metals in the forest. We have launched an investigation into the matter, and we will soon make arrests,” said Inspector Mercy Mino, the head of the critical infrastructure police unit.

Area Chief Kororio Olkeri added;

“I think Bodaboda operators are to blame. The railway police have also relaxed and are not making night patrols,”

In September Police apprehended two riders as they were ferrying metals to a nearby town. The suspects also reportedly sell the scrap metals in Nairobi where the market has a high demand in welding shops.