Clashes and teargas are expected to grace the Christmas week after human rights defenders and Mombasa business community vowed to continue with their anti-SGR protests Monday morning.
The 13th edition of the famous ‘Black Monday’ is expected to begin at the Sapphire hotel near Mombasa old railway station offices to Treasury square.
The activists are complaining against a container haulage order that all containers at the Mombasa port be transported through the SGR, an order that has rendered many people jobless.
Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta says the government is being insincere on the equitable distribution of resources issue and fair business competition.
“They are telling us that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report will ensure counties properly and in transparent manner manage their resources while the government is openly oppressing Mombasa residents economically,” disclosed Mr. Shipetta.
He said the activists will never back down until the order is rescinded and every other party is able to conduct business in a fair manner.
“This order has posed a very serious economic challenge to locals, many lost their jobs and cannot cannot upkeep their families,” revealed Mr. Shipetta.
Meanwhile, First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama has urged Mombasa political leaders, business community and the entire community to join in fighting for their economic right.
[Activists during anti-SGR protests at Kibarani in Mombasa. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki, Nyali Legislature Mohammed Ali and his Mvita counterpart Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir have been in the forefront in criticizing the government.
However, the National government has defended itself saying the SGR only managed 30% of cargo transport and the rest of the cargo is being transported by road.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the government is not in any way ‘killing’ Mombasa County economy as claimed by the activists.