It is important that the Chinese help us to deal with the operations of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) at the initial stages. We have to be aware that this is their technology and they have the expertise.
We need to learn from them because they have the technological and practical experience.
It is key therefore that they identify Kenyan students from technical universities and colleges like the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and train them.
This began with the locomotive drivers. Now it has to move on to other people, involving all relevant matters related to the management of a railway transport system. There is also the issue of security, both for the people and wildlife. Given that China has the highest population of people in the world, we will benefit from their training in dealing with passengers and our wildlife at Tsavo and Nairobi national parks.
Let it not be lost on us that the project is being funded by the Chinese Government and they want to recoup their investment. But in a nutshell, Kenyans will benefit by being trained by the Chinese; no other better way than learning from the owner of the project.
Mr Gathu is a fourth year student at Moi University, Eldoret.