The Economist Espresso calls Kenya’s’ new railway Lunatic express: What?
The original railway built by the British was called ‘the lunatic express’. Now some western journalists are implying that the new SGR railway is also a Lunatic Express. This is the problem with journalism that is ignorant of history. The British built the railway to occupy the country. It was used to move the colonists inland to take over African soil, exploit the natives and loot the continent off its natural resources. British parliament and all the old buildings in England were built with wood harvested from Kenya’s forests and minerals dug from our grounds!
The new SGR train in Kenya is built for the purpose of improving the economy and saving millions in road repairs. The railway will remove the dangerous and corrupt truckers from the road and allow us to drive to Mombasa on smooth roads. Though the SGR train will dig Kenya into dept, if it stays corruption free and runs smoothly within a high management standard, it will ensure that it pays itself in the long run.
Teddy Njoroge Kamau (PhD)
BBN TV Kenya
Diaspora Messenger Senior Columnist