A passenger train now runs through our capital. Kampala Capital City Authority, in partnership with Rift Valley Railways, introduced the service in December. Twice a day the train rolls between the main station and Namanve, with stops at Nakawa, Kireka and Bweyogerere. For anyone tired of fighting the traffic, this is a tremendously positive development. Meet some happy customers.
Lawyer Helen Amweno commutes daily from Mukono, and says it has been a life changer for her, especially in the evenings. “When I would use other means I would sometimes get home as late as nine but with the train there are times am back when there is even daylight!”
Innocent Mwanja, a business consultant, is another daily rider. He is completing an online masters degree and needs to be at his terminal early. “I rarely used to start my lectures on time, but today I am always logged in by six and all is a go.” The train is also saving him money. “Me? To miss the train? No way.”
Joseph Oketcho, an economist, sees the big picture. “The railway is an avenue for business. A train gets you much farther in a shorter period of time. So if you’re a worker, or a tourist, or business person – whoever you might be – lots of opportunities open up.” The father of eight was enjoying a train ride with his children. He said they had been pestering him for what is still a novelty experience. We expect their excitement will be infectious.