Human rights defenders have vowed to carry on with their anti-SGR protests until the government thwarts its oppressive order.
The defenders together with the Mombasa business fraternity said they will carry on with their protests until the cargo haulage is done in a transparent manner.
Speaking in Mombasa on Saturday the anti SGR activists led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the protests are just but beginning.
He said Mombasa has been deprived of its economic rights.
“In fact we are ready for the next ‘Black Monday’ that will start at Makupa causeway to Changamwe round about,” said Khalid.
He said locals were vacating Mombasa leaving the once busy island an empty and dead city.
“A recently conducted research by the University of Nairobi puts everything in black and white, Mombasa economy highly depends on the transport sector,” he added.
[From left; Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid and First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
The human rights defenders said they will not rest until a solution is reached.
First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama disclosed that road transport sector is in peril.
He said many people lost their jobs directly and indirectly, urging the government to put to rest the matter.
[Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta (Right) carrying an empty casket during last Monday protests. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
“Those who highly depended upon the Mombasa-Nairobi highway for their living feels the pinch, Mombasa is not the only victim of such economic discrimination,” he added.
Last Monday the activists protested and burnt two caskets outside Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho offices, blaming him for remaining numb over the economic sabotage.
The government recently ordered all cargo at the Mombasa port to be transported through the Standard Gauge Railway SGR.
The order yielded unending protests among Mombasa business community and human rights defenders.