Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has vowed to challenge government decision to transport all cargo from the Port of Mombasa through Standard Gauge Railway- SGR.
Nassir said the decision was arrived at without necessary consultations with various stakeholders.
Nassir said the decision will render many drivers and other people directly benefiting from the road transport jobless.
The Mvita Legislature who is also the Chairperson Parliamentary public investment committee said the road transport sector has suffered a lot with stakeholders counting losses and some closing down businesses.
“I will present to the National assembly the grievances the road transport stakeholders are currently facing so that we look for a solution to this problem,” said Nassir.
The government through Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia issued a directive that all cargo from Mombasa port to be transported through SGR.
[Trucks at the Malaba border congestion along the Kenya-Uganda border. Photo/courtesy/KIFWA].
According to Macharia the move is meant to contain the Kenya-Uganda border dispute at Malaba as well as Kenya-Tanzania Border controversies at Holili in Taita taveta county and Namanga.
However, Nassir says such disputes can be contained by Head of states from Uganda and Kenya.
“This dispute can be tackled without necessarily ordering all cargo to be transported through SGR to Naivasha dry port,” noted Mr. Nassir.
Long distance drivers through their Chairperson Roman Waema have been pushing for an amicable solution to the problem.
They have been forced to camp at Kenya – Uganda border at Malaba for two weeks waiting for their Covid-19 results.