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Mwakwere orders container auction at KPA

NAIROBI, August 21 – The Government on Thursday directed the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to auction all un-collected cargo at the port.


Transport Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere issued the order at the annual stakeholder’s business luncheon in Nairobi.


“Those containers which are congesting the ports have been there for a long time; their owners have virtually gone underground for reasons best known to themselves, you should move with speed to auction these containers,” Mwakwere said.


The Transport Minister punched holes into criticisms of KPA’s management suggesting the harbour’s problems were greater than ‘management issues’.


“The Port as it is is not even sufficient to accommodate ’s trade demands; other people have been making different interpretations and blaming individuals. They are just at the receiving end, it is we planners and policy makers who’ve failed,” Mwakere said.

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 The Port has been the center of focus for the Government in recent weeks.


Recently President Mwai Kibaki directed that port operations be extended to 24 hours in a bid to ease cargo congestion at the harbour.


Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced changes in the port management replacing Abdalla Mwaruwa with James Mulewa as Managing director in efforts by the State to increase efficiency and service delivery at the port.


Meanwhile, KPA announced that it had hit a record cargo increase of 1.5 million tons as productivity rose from 14.14 million tons in 2006 to 15.98 million tons in 2007


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The Port handled 585,000 twentyfoot equivalent Units (TEUs) last year, accounting for over 21 percent growth from the previous year.


This Year alone a total of 8.0 millions tons have been handled between January and June in Comparison to 7.7 million tons handled over the similar period last year.


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