President Uhuru Kenyatta has rubbished claims by Coast legislatures on claims of port privatization.
The President said the reviving of the National shipping line is to improve on the government’s blue economy efforts.
He said the second container terminal privatisation claims were unfounded, useless and baseless.
The president accused the political leaders, the Dock Workers Union and a section of rights defenders for propagating lies.
“By uniting with the Mediterranean Shipping Company, we are riding on the second largest international shipping company, this will translate into an increase in the country’s economy,” he said.
The President assured Kenyans that all efforts exerted at the Port of Mombasa are meant to expand the countries water transport business so as to create employment for the youth.
This partnership will create more that 2,000 employment opportunities for our youth and 1,500 training opportunities as well in Naples Italy for our Kenyans,” noted President Uhuru.
His sentiments comes barely two days after the DWU led by its Secretary general Simon Sang, Coast MPs and Muslims for Human Rights- MUHURI said the process of port privatization was seriously ongoing.
Sang revealed that the government will get only sh. 2 billion out of the total 17 billion shillings from port operations.
“This privatisation of container 2 terminal is real and we are about to loose over 4,000 employment opportunities,” he said.
The DWU Chair Mohammed Sheria who is in support of the government efforts revealed that his life is in danger and he is living in hiding.