Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge railway is coming to completion in the next few months. Phase 2 has already began, staring from Nairobi to Naivasha. Naivasha town is only 61 kilometers to Nakuru. Due to its apparent benefits and importance, and that distance is not so great Nakuru leaders have come out to lobby for the extension of SGR to this town. With in Phase 2.
A section of Nakuru leaders are lobbying for the extension of the SGR Phase 2 to Nakuru town from Naivasha adding that, the dry port should be in between the two towns.
The issue was raised up yesterday by business community during the inaugural Nakuru County Gubernatorial Debate at Kings Cathedral College organized by Nakuru Business Association (NBA).
A section business community decried that, if the SGR will not reach Nakuru Town, its value as an economic hub will decline.
Former NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui and former NACADA boss John Mututho both eyeing to dethrone attended while the incumbent Kinuthia Mbugua was absent.
The two leaders accused the governor Mbugua and local members of parliament of remaining silent when Nakuru was getting a raw deal on SGR.
Kinyanjui also accused the leaders of committing a historical mistake and would be judged harshly in future if the SGR phase 2 will not pass Nakuru town en-route to Kisumu and Uganda.
On his part, Mututho petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to direct the construction of the dry port in between Naivasha and Nakuru town.
Mututho opposed the construction of the dry port either in Naivasha or Suswa.
He pointed that, the construction of the dry port either in Suswa or Naivasha will disadvantage Nakuru town which has been an economic hub in Rift Valley and country at large.