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China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) said in a statement Tuesday that it had embarked on a recruitment drive that would bring on board at least 30,000 workers to take part in building the railway.
The workers are engineers and equipment operators, human resource officials, land surveyors and casual labourers.
“To complete the project on time, about 30,000 workers will be employed. Kenyan workers hired to work on the railway will be trained on such areas as technology, safety and environment management. CRBC is currently receiving applications from interested job seekers,” said CRBC in a statement.
About 5,000 foreign workers, mainly Chinese, will be brought into the country to work alongside Kenyans in the construction, according to the Kenya Railways Corporation — the government agency overseeing the project.
The railway is planned to run from Mombasa to Kigali (Rwanda), with the first phase terminating in Nairobi to cost taxpayers Sh327 billion.
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CRBC said the people recruited to work on the railway are expected to play a part in sustainably running the line once the construction is completed.
“The large number of qualified and experienced workers will be crucial in running the new railway line, as work in industries that will be set up to produce spare parts for locomotives,” said the statement.
Successful applicants will be trained before being engaged in the actual construction.
The biggest challenge in the recruitment will be ensuring inclusiveness of the counties through which the railway will traverse.
The railway starts in Mombasa and cuts across Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado and Machakos counties before ending in Nairobi.
Residents of these counties have demanded jobs in the multi-billion-shilling project.
The railway is expected to significantly reduce transport costs and save time, directly impacting on cost of commodities.
This will improve the country’s appeal to local and foreign investors as a preferred business destination.
The railway is expected to cut by half the time passengers take to travel from Mombasa to Nairobi from the current eight hours to about four and a half hours. Freight trains will reduce the time it takes to move cargo between the two cities from about 16 hours to eight hours.
The project has an official timeline of March 2018.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland