Mombasa Port won’t be privatised – Uhuru

March 19, 2013
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Expansion works at the Port of Mombasa/XINHUA-File
Expansion works at the Port of Mombasa/XINHUA-File
MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 19 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Kenyans that the Mombasa Port will not be privatised.

Instead, Kenyatta affirmed that he will improve the port’s efficiency and effectiveness, to make it a world class facility.

“My government will focus on ensuring that the port operates efficiently for the benefit of all Kenyans,” he stressed.

Speaking on Tuesday during a familiarisation tour of the port and its operations, Kenyatta said that all port stakeholders should work towards the smooth operations of the facility.

“It is unfortunate that that it took up to seven days to clear goods from the port while the same took only a few hours in other countries,” the president-elect regretted.

Accompanied by his deputy, William Ruto, Kenyatta was briefed on the operations of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) by the port’s chairman Shukri Baramadi and Managing Director Gichiri Ndua.

Kenyatta asked Kenyans to maintain peace in order to sustain the development momentum pointing out that the absence of peace destabilises the country.

“Kenyans are tired of endless politicking. They want an improved economy that will guarantee efficient delivery of services and create jobs for the youth not political antics,” Kenyatta said.

Also present were outgoing Transport Minister Amos Kimunya, his Environment counterpart Chirau Ali Mwakwere, former Mvita Member of Parliament Najib Balala and members of KPA board of directors.

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