Boat operators strike in Lamu over new fees

September 29, 2014 9:31 am
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Hundreds of passengers who depend on boats as the only source of transport connecting the island and mainland are stranded on both sides/XINHUA FILE
Hundreds of passengers who depend on boats as the only source of transport connecting the island and mainland are stranded on both sides/XINHUA FILE
LAMU, Kenya, Sep 29 – Transport has been paralysed in Lamu County following a strike by coxswains protesting over the introduction of new regulations by the Kenya Maritime Authority.

The KMA is demanding that the coxswains obtain a sea worthiness certificate at a minimum fee of Sh9,000 annually before being allowed to sail, something that the coxswains have sworn not to conform to.

Hundreds of passengers who depend on boats as the only source of transport connecting the island and mainland are stranded on both sides.

The chairman of Lamu Boat Operators Hassan Awadh Hassan said already they are remitting Sh3,000 to the Kenya Ports Authority.

Awadh said the move will burden the operators insisting that they were never consulted.

The strike will greatly affect crucial services in Lamu County that is facing insecurity challenges.

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