Normal railway services resume

July 16, 2008

, NAIROBI, July 16 – Normal railway services by the Kenya-Uganda railways concessionaire Rift Valley Railways (RVR) resumed fully Wednesday after workers called off a 10-day strike on Tuesday.
RVR Managing Director Roy Puffett confirmed the dispatch of three cargo trains from Malaba to Kampala, two from Nakuru to Nairobi and one each from Eldoret to Malaba and Nairobi to Nakuru over the past 24 hours.
Commuter operations also went back to operation on the Nairobi-Kibera-Kikuyu; Kahawa-Ruiru and Embakasi routes.
In addition, the RVR boss said that four goods trains had been released from Nairobi heading to Mombasa, while two trains left Mombasa for Nairobi on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to confirm that operations have resumed on a full scale basis across the RVR system following the call off of the strike,” Puffett said.

“RVR also wishes to once again extend a very sincere apology to all our clients and general public for the inconvenience occasioned in the last ten days.”

The railway operator\’s staff had gone on strike after a delay in the payment of June salaries, and to express solidarity with some of their colleagues who had been suspended

RVR had moved to procedurally resolve the standoff precipitated by a delay in June salaries through formal dialogue with the workers representatives.

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