Government spokesperson retired Colonel Cyrus Oguna has termed SGR critics as dishonest to themselves and to their country too.
Oguna said it is not true that the standard gauge railway has ‘killed’ Mombasa County economically.
While addressing journalists at the Coast regional headquarters in Mombasa, Oguna said the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) only came to supplement what the road transport is doing.
He urged the anti-SGR critics to avoid misleading Kenyans over the government project.
“Only 35% of the cargo was transported through the SGR in 2017,” added Mr. Oguna.
He said the SGR has created employment and vast business opportunities.
“Let’s tell Kenyans the truth about SGR, it is a major milestone in our country’s transport,” He reiterated.
However, Human rights defenders and the Mombasa business community ‘First Action Movement’ have disapproved Oguna’s sentiments.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid they said it is the government that is being dishonest to its people.
Khalid said their protest is evidence based after a recent research done by the University of Nairobi school of economics indicated that Mombasa has been economically affected by the SGR.
“The research showed that Mombasa I being economically destabilised by the SGR container haulage order this is felt by Mombasa residents,” he reiterated.
Last Monday, First Community Action, Haki Africa and Mombasa residents held a protest at Mtito Andei long the Mombasa Nairobi highway.
They were however dispersed by police.
Mtito Andei is one of the most affected highway towns that highly depends on the transport sector for its growth.