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During a press conference at Moi International Airport on Monday at the conclusion of his three-day tour of Mombasa, Mr Odinga expressed concern over bottlenecks which he blamed for the clogging of cargo.
This, according to the PM, requires urgent harmonisation of operations between the port and its major stakeholders, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).
“What is apparent is that no matter how much money the Government invests to improve container handling, this cannot succeed unless there is improvement of the processing of goods by the KRA and KEBS,” he added.
He called on KRA and KEBS to cut off their documentation bureaucracies to facilitate the quick handling of cargo, especially those destined for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
“Why ban cargo movement destined to these countries after 6 o’clock in the evening?” he asked.
Mr Raila directed KPA, KRA and KEBS to give “special attention” to goods in transit, saying “our inefficiency” should not hurt the neighbouring countries’ economies.
He said after listening to transporters, shipping lines representatives and exporters using the port he was convinced that 80 per cent of them were generally complying with the port’s requirements.
“Only 20 per cent are unscrupulous businessmen who want to cheat. It is important that the Government does proper profiling of such individuals with the view of blacklisting them from using the port facility,” he said.
He said the Government would ensure people doing genuine trading business at the port would do so without having to incur “unnecessary delays or expenses”.
“Trade is very crucial to this economy,” he said.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland