Samuel Nyandemo, a senior lecturer in economics at Nairobi University, tells the New York Times that the new rail line connecting Nairobi with Mombasa on the coast is “madness”. The Chinese-financed line has cut the travel time from 10 hours to five but there is debate in the country on whether Kenya can afford the $4 billion cost. The New York Times says some locals are even calling it another ‘Lunatic Express’, after the nickname bestowed on an earlier line built at exorbitant cost by the British in 1899.
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