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Kenya’s Inability to Get Shippers to Use its New SGR Cargo Depot in Naivasha Raises Doubts About Debt Repayment

Unloading cargo at the Naivasha inland container depot in Kenya's Rift Valley. Image via @sgr_operation.

Only 14 cargo trains traveled on the new Mombasa-Naivasha standard gauge railway (SCR) line in June despite the government’s order that all goods destined for Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan be cleared at the Naivasha inland container depot (ICD).

The resistance to using the SGR’s new service to connect with the ICD is prompting increasingly serious concerns that it is not generating the kinds of revenue it needs to repay the enormous debts it owes to China to build the railway.

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