President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning boarded the SGR to Mombasa where he mingled with commuters.
The president will be spending Christmas festivities at the Coast with his wife First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Sources within the presidency refuted claims the trip was secret saying it was Uhuru’s normal travel for holiday to the coast.
“It was just public he boarded and alighted as everyone witnessed. He walked around and talked to people about the SGR service,” the source said.
Kenya Railways had earlier advised passengers seeking to use SGR to seek alternative means like road or air as the passenger train between Nairobi and Mombasa is fully booked ahead of Christmas.
The corporation said tickets for the train for most days up to December 24 are fully booked with spaces remaining on a few weekday dates.
Currently the SGR is charging Sh900 for the economy class with those opting for first class coughing Sh3,000.
Here are the photos, president is seen mingling with passengers: