Human rights defenders and Mombasa Business community have criticised the government for propagating lies over the 100 percent SGR cargo haulage order.
The activists have further scoffed at Government Spokesperson Colonel retired Cyrus Oguna over his remarks that the activists are being dishonest and that they are being used by some unknown forces to criticize the government.
Led by human rights lobby Haki Africa the anti- SGR protestors said Oguna is lying to Kenyans that the order was rescinded yet it is being fully implemented at the port of Mombasa.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, the protestors said the government only promised to rescind the order but in real situation it has implement completely nothing to enhance fairness in the transport sector.
Addressing journalists during the ‘Black Monday’ anti-SGR protests in Mombasa Khalid said the activists, Mombasa business community organisation ‘First Action Business Community’ and locals are back on the streets to push the government to rescind its move.
“Mombasa’s economy is on its knees, mass job losses in the transport sector is evident, locals rare living in total poverty yet the government is playing hide as seek games” posed Mr. Khalid.
He noted that most of the people who earned a living through the road transport sector may not be able to even take their children to school early 2020 for lack of fees.
He urged Mombasa residents to join hands and make the protests even bigger until the government thwarts the 100 % SGR cargo haulage order.
His sentiments were fully backed by ‘First Acton Business Community’ Chairperson Salim Karama who said they will camp at the Coast regional headquarters in their next protest to demand for their economic right.
[First Action Business Community Chairperson Salim Karama during ‘Black Monday’ protests. Photo/Atrash Mohammed].
Karama said Mombasa residents have suffered enough and should not be deemed sacrificial lambs for the SGR project loans to China government.
“If this is a National project then all people should service the loans and not only Mombasa investors and residents,” he noted.
Karama insisted that the order is oppressive and has ‘economically killed’ Mombasa.
Though the government has refuted that the SGR was transporting all the cargo from the port of Mombasa, the activists insists that the government is fully implementing the order and in high secrecy, living Mombasa residents, transporters and local residents with totally nothing.