NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Chinese diplomat on Monday hailed the employees
of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) for their tireless efforts
and for working during the Chinese National day to ensure
seamless operations of the railway.
Li Xuhang, charge
d’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, told Xinhua in
Nairobi that the Chinese National Day that is celebrated on Oct.
1 is one of the most important holidays in China.
“I want to
acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by Chinese
workers who are working over the holidays,” Li said during a
tour of the Nairobi Terminus of the SGR.
“In the Chinese
culture, we value devotion to work and that is why I came to the
SGR station to salute workers and also support them,” he added.
The 480-km Nairobi
to Mombasa SGR was financed 90 percent by the Export-Import Bank
of China and constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).
In 2017, CRBC signed an agreement with the Kenya Railways
Corporation (KRC) to run the Mombasa to Nairobi SGR.
Li added that the
hard work and dedication of SGR employees will help enhance the
Sino-Kenya cooperation as well as socio-economic development in
The envoy said that
Chinese nationals have sacrificed their public holidays for the
safety and operations of the SGR.
Felix Asuma, the
general affairs workshop supervisor at the track department of
the SGR, said normal operations will continue at the SGR despite
the Chinese National Day, being one of the biggest holidays in
Asuma’s role along
the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR is to ensure that the railway track is
in good condition without any obstructions.
monitors the railway track from Mombasa to Nairobi with a team
of patrol workers using video surveillance.
Asuma said both
Chinese and Kenyan workers are working over the Chinese National
Day to ensure that Kenyan passengers enjoy smooth operations.
The civil engineer,
who completed his undergraduate studies at Southwest Jiaotong
University in 2016, said Kenyan colleagues are adopting the
strong Chinese work ethic to ensure that the SGR operates
Harrison Kimani who
is part of the comprehensive management staff at the dispatch
center said operations will continue as scheduled even over the
Chinese National day which is celebrated over a period of seven
“We are working
closely with Chinese counterparts to provide uninterrupted
service to railway commuters and freight owners,” Kimani told
Kimani, who studied
Chinese language and culture at the Shandong Normal University
said that the SGR is now a critical part of Kenya’s
infrastructure which will help improve transportation of
passengers and freight between Mombasa and Nairobi.