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Hugs, smiles and selfies as Uhuru mingles with SGR passengers – PHOTOS

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning surprised passengers in a Mombasa-bound SGR train with an up-close experience which delighted many of the travellers.

Accompanied by the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, the president mingled freely with the passengers who scrambled for selfies, hugs and high fives.

Particularly thrilled were children who had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with or even being carried by the Head of State.

Passengers aboard Madaraka Express train mingling and taking selfies with President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | COURTESY
Passengers aboard Madaraka Express train mingling and taking selfies with President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | COURTESY

“Earlier today, I took the SGR train from Nairobi to Mombasa, during which I met and interacted with fellow commuters who shared their interesting experiences about the service. I am glad that the #SGR train services have enhanced travel for Wananchi between the two cities,” President Kenyatta tweeted.

The Head of State will be at the coast for the Christmas festivities until January.

President Uhuru Kenyatta gives a high five to a young traveller aboard Madaraka Express SGR train on December 23, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta gives a high five to a young traveller aboard Madaraka Express SGR train on December 23, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

The president’s trip came at a time Kenya Railways is recording brisk business, with Madaraka Express fully booked over the Christmas holiday.

Kenya Railways Corporation on December 2 said tickets for the train for most days up to December 24 were fully booked.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with a group of excited children aboard Madaraka Express SGR train on December 23, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta with a group of excited children aboard Madaraka Express SGR train on December 23, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

It is not the first time the president is using the train. In June 2017, during the inauguration of the train he was guarded by seven choppers on air from Mombasa to Nairobi.

Last year in December, he also used the Madaraka Express SGR train on his trip to Mombasa to open the governors’ induction seminar.

Many were excited to meet President Kenyatta one-on-one. PHOTO | COURTESY |
Many were excited to meet President Kenyatta one-on-one. PHOTO | COURTESY