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Mombasa politicians warned against politicising port operations

[Dock Workers Union Secretary General Simon Sang. Photo/Ahmed Omar/April, 29, 2022].

Dock Workers Union (DWU) Secretary General Simon Sang has urged Coast politicians to stop meddling with the affairs of the Mombasa Port.

During a press briefing in Mombasa Sang said politicians have started poking holes in the management and running affairs of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

He said the politicians are using KPA as their political stepping stone during their political meetings and campaigns.

The SG said political propagating of the politicians by poking holes to the maritime body might affect its daily running of maritime business in East and central Africa.

He said the Coastal region has benefitted from government funded multi-billion infrastructural and other critical projects aimed at transforming the area into an investment and tourism hub.

The SG said the leaders claim there has been no government projects initiated by the national government in the tourist resort city of Mombasa, yet the said government has pumped Ksh. 38 billion for the construction of the Dongo Kundu special economic zone which will help in the boost of maritime trade in East and Central Africa.

“Local leaders have created a lot of confusion to the extent of not recognising what the government has done in the Coast region,” he said.

KPA is undergoing a robust expansion program including the construction of KSh. 32 billion phase two of the second container terminal are part of the measures to transform the port into a logistics hub in the region.

The SG said the massive infrastructural investments and modernisation of cargo handling facilities being undertaken will ensure the port of Mombasa remains one of the best equipped ports of call in the region.

Mvita MP

The DWU Secretary General has also called for consultative effort between the local leaders and the government to woo investors to invest in the projects once complete.

The fraternity also lauded Mvita legislator Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir’s for his tireless effort of championing the workers’ rights through parliament.

Sang said Nassir is a sober leader and has vowed to support his political bid of becoming Mombasa Governor, saying his political record will help steer the economy of Mombasa through port developments.