Port based business employees protest over SGR deal. PHOTO | SG
Port-based business employees protest over the  SGR deal. PHOTO | SG

Truck drivers, Clearing agents, CFS owners, Transporters and other port operated businesses have called out on the government to let investors choose either to transport using SGR or Road transport.

Speaking in Mombasa,  The Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) Chairman Dennis Ombok,  Suleiman Mbwana interim Secretary-General Kenya truck drivers union Mombasa branch and  Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers Association (KLDTDA) Chairman Roman Waema said Monday demonstration will be back from next week.

The Unions gave the Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia a 90 days ultimatum to talk with stakeholders over the issue. They insisted that as protests continue, SGR cargo business will also stop.

They threatened to burn the SGR Cargo trains if the government will not mind their cries. 

" Kenya has a debt with China, but we have daily debt with our families. Our families need food and we depend on Roads.  We will agree on the next course even if it's to burn the SGR Cargo trains. Because that is the only way for the government to hear our views, " the Mombasa branch SG Suleiman added.

" This year we are saying, No Road Transport!! No SGR!! That's it, " KLDTDA Chairman Roman Waema added.

The controversy revolves around a directive that all cargo containers destined for upcountry be ferried on the Standard Gauge Railway.

On its part, the government maintains that the directive is meant to curb diversion of regional-bound cargo.


What is your say on this

  1. Why do you want to burn a multi-billion project?

  2. I think we need fresh leaders who will spearhead the country forward not these money eaters.


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