Anti SGR cargo transport policy protests will go on as planned, activists have said.
The activists led by Human rights organisation Haki Africa say the protest are to push the government to thwart its directive that all cargo at the port of Mombasa should be transported through the Standard Gauge Railway-SGR.
Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said such actions will be expanded to reach the whole country since the government was intentionally discriminating against Kenyans in marginalized areas.
He said the directive has economically distablised not only Mombasa county but all the businesses that highly depends on the road transport.
“We are unbowed, our black Monday protests are on and no one will stop us until our demands are adhered to,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He called upon all Coastal residents to join the movement and ensure they fight for what truly belongs to them.
Khalid said the economic setback will soon see parents unable to pay school fees for their children or even be able to fend for their families.
[Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid (Holding press statement) leading anti-SGR directive protest in Mombasa. Photo/ Pauline Kwamboka].
“The results are evident, most jobless youths have resorted into crime, we must act and safeguard the Coastal economy,” he noted.
On his part, First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama criticized local leaders for ignoring the plights of the community and instead supporting the oppressive policy.
“Our politicians are comfortable enjoying themselves at the expense of the masses,” he added.
Only Mvita legislature Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir has been participating in the anti-SGR policy protests.
Meanwhile Haki Africa’s Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta has appealed to locals in the county to join the push for economical rights of the Coastal people.