The Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) has expressed concern about influential figures that the KTA says have resisted President William Ruto's order to move all freight operations to the port of Mombasa.
The KTA mentioned that a South Sudanese cargo was still being transported by ferry to Nairobi Cargo Terminal (NFT) rather than being transferred to Mombasa for customs clearance.
The notice, dated Friday, September 30, read: “It should be noted that the South Sudan National Assembly, business community and South Sudan government have rejected previous orders issued by those operating outside of its jurisdiction. they issued in both governments a declaration to have authorized the compulsory use of the SGR for goods in transit of South Sudan.
Furthermore, KTA indicated that no correspondence suggested otherwise and that the order included everything.
Part of the announcement stated: “There is no exception to the president's decision and subsequent notification to shipping companies by the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ports Authority of Kenya.
The President has been asked by the KTA to review the volume of containers being delivered to Nairobi cargo terminals. Part of the letter states, "The Cartes that have taken control of the state under the previous administration are blatantly disobeying the president's orders."
Ruto is also encouraged to bring anyone involved in criminal activity to justice.
“It should be made clear to them that state appropriation is no longer acceptable and that they must do business in a free market environment like all other businesses and people,” continued KTA.
The group stressed that all shipments to Kenya are subject to the directive.
Ruto announced the order in his inaugural address on Tuesday, September 13 and claimed it would help Mombasa's economy.
Susan Kihika, governor of Nakuru, accepted the order but encouraged the president to speed up the construction of the Nakuru Industrial Park when all port operations were moved to Mombasa.
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