A study conducted on the economy of Mombasa County has revealed that the county is economically dwindled.
The 2018 study conducted by University of Nairobi delved in four main aspects of employment, security, health and society and social issues.
Professor Ken Ogolla who led the research revealed to journalists on Friday that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has negatively impacted the economy of the county since its launch in 1st June 2017.
Ogolla said locals and employees at the port of Mombasa and those who highly depended upon the road transport sector lost their jobs.
“It is evident the high rate of job loss and unemployment especially among youth has led to the experienced perennial insecurity problem in county,” noted Mr. Ogolla.
The study also revealed the significant negative effects of the SGR operations to locals.
Among those who undertook the research were the University of Nairobi Mombasa campus Director Dr. Sarah Kinyanjui, Joshua Arron, James Njihia and Julius Ogeng’o.
The report was handed to the Mombasa county Governor Ali Hassan Joho who admitted that Mombasa was economically shaking as it highly depended on the transport sector for its economic stability.
Dwellers vacating Mombasa
“Over 15 thousands tracks remain parked in various yards after most of the cargo is transported by SGR,” revealed Joho.
He said the negative impact was huge since locals employed in the transport sector and who lost their jobs resorted into returning back into their rural homes together with their families.
“It pains me to discover that even some of the parents cannot afford school fees for their children, we need to rectify the situation through serious deliberations,” noted the governor.
His sentiments were fully backed by Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki who noted that Mombasa County was in a serious economic crisis that must be resolved.
[The new Standard Gauge Railway. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Faki said the SGR and road transport should supplement each other and not all the cargo be transported by the new rail.
He insisted that the situation should be conclusively solved to salvage the current economic drawback.
“Mombasa is in a sorry state, we are economically gagged as a county, this has stretched to the whole region with families feeling the heat,” he noted.