Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia was on Monday on the receiving end following his statement at the Senate that the controversial cargo haulage through SGR was stopped.
Led by Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali the protesters who were later tear gassed by police officers at Kibarani in Mombasa where they participated in the 11th ‘Black Monday’ protest edition said Macharia falsely claimed that the order was suspended.
According to Ali, The 100 percent cargo haulage by the Standard Gauge Railway was still effective and that it has rendered Mombasa residents jobless.
While addressing the protesters among them rights defenders, business community and Mombasa residents, Ali said there was no point of turning back and the ‘Black Monday’ protests will be bigger and all inclusive.
“We want Macharia to resign, he is not helping us but aiming at completely distabilising our economy,” noted the MP.
He asked the government to thwarts its order so as to revive the long distance transport sector which is in its knees.
Speaking at the same function, activist Boniface Mwangi scoffed at the government for reaping Mombasa of its economic status.
He said Mombasa was economical dying and that the government should stop oppressing its people.
“Mombasa highly depend on the transport sector if you deny investors the opportunity to do business then Mombasa will economical diminish.
[Activists during Monday anti-SGR protests at Kibarani. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].
His sentiments were echoed by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid who said they will never back down but fight for their economic right.
“It is evident that we are suffering, most of the truck drivers will from next year fail to take their children back to school, they currently cannot feed their families is this what the government wants?”
On his part, the First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama scoffed at Mombasa political leaders for disuniting with them despite clearly understanding that Mombasa is ‘economically dead’.
He however said that the movement will carry on with the fight for economic justice.