The government has been asked to clear the air on the controversies surrounding the 100 % Standard Gauge Railway cargo haulage at the port of Mombasa.
An economist and activist Junaid Feisal says the controversies surrounding the mega government project are only triggering further conflicts between the government and transporters.
Feisal says Mombasa residents and business community will not tolerate the economic sabotage and they want equal share of business opportunities.
According to Mr. Feisal there are a lot of hidden agenda under the 100 percent SGR cargo haulage a reason why there has been unending protests in Mombasa.
Speaking in Mombasa, the activist accused the government of being insincere and misleading Kenyans over the oppressive move.
He says the move has negatively impacted the lives of Mombasa residents and the government should reconsider its action
“Under the ‘Okoa Mombasa Coalition’, we met the Senate, other political leaders and Transport CS James Macharia, however these efforts are yet to bear fruits,” he said.
He disclosed that the anti-SGR cargo haulage protests will go on until the government rescinds the move.
“Let’s look at the larger perspective where many long distance transport companies have since shut down, drivers lost job, families missing basic needs among many other factors that we can’t shy away from,” noted Mr. Feisal.
[Human rights defenders led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid and the organisation’s Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta during a recent anri- SGR protest. Photo/Atrash Mohammed].
He urged the government to heed their cry.
More protests are expected from Monday next week with the business community and human rights defenders heading to court to demand from the government all the relevant documents, transaction, contracts and agreements signed between Kenya and Chinese government over the project.
However the government has been adamant insisting that it has never blocked the transporters from transporting cargo from the port of Mombasa.