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Gov’t-transport stakeholders strike deal over SGR cargo haulage

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The government has allowed transporters to either use the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) or road transport while transporting their cargo from the port of Mombasa.

In a public notice in the dailies on Tuesday, it was stated that the 100 percent SGR cargo haulage has been thwarted.

Transporters are now free to either use the SGR or opt for road transport while transporting cargo to Nairobi or other countries.

The earlier notice that all cargo must be transported to Naivasha dry port through the SGR was also expunged.

The decision was arrived at after the National assembly deliberations last week.

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Through the Public Investments Committee Chairperson Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir, the Speaker of the National assembly Justine Muturi issued an announcement that it will not be mandatory for cargo to be transported through the SGR to Naivasha.

The PIC Chairperson who is also Mvita Member of Parliament said despite all the political bickering witnessed in the recent past over the order, they have arrived at amicable solution.

[PIC Chairperson and Mvita Legislature Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir. Photo/Abbas Omar].

“However we will have more deliberations on this issue since it emanated from the Parliament we have to pursue it through the required public channel,” noted Mr. Nassir.

On his part, KTA Chairperson Dennis Ombok termed the decision as reprieve to the transport players who have counted losses over the oppressive directive.

“We want to thank all who walked with us through this tough time and dedicated themselves to salvage the road transport sector,” he said.

The SGR 100 percent cargo haulage which was earlier issued by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia elicited heated debate between Mombasa Legislatures and Nyali MP Mohammed Ali who has been pushing for the removal of Macharia.

Ali backed by women leaders vowed to fight for the rights of Coastal people claiming that some of the Coast and specifically Mombasa leaders benefitted from lucrative deals at the Mombasa port.