Train of thought

“This is another type of lunacy”


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.

© ChinTell Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sponsored by HSBC.

The Week in China website and the weekly magazine publications are owned and maintained by ChinTell Limited, Hong Kong. Neither HSBC nor any member of the HSBC group of companies ("HSBC") endorses the contents and/or is involved in selecting, creating or editing the contents of the Week in China website or the Week in China magazine. The views expressed in these publications are solely the views of ChinTell Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views or investment ideas of HSBC. No responsibility will therefore be assumed by HSBC for the contents of these publications or for the errors or omissions therein.