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The strategy was discussed at a meeting between between Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and the President of Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume at State House Zanzibar as the problem of piracy off the Horn of Africa continued to threaten shipping routes to East African countries.
"This problem of piracy is so serious and it is even now affecting the performance of our economy. We are requesting that Kenya and Tanzania participate in joint naval activities in the region”, said President Karume.
Attacks by Somali pirates are forcing commercial ships headed for the East African coast line to make a detour of more than 6000 nautical miles, causing up to two days delays in cargo delivery.
President Karume said that as a result, shipping companies have increased freight charges by more than 30 dollars per 24 foot container.
Pirates, Mr Musyoka said, were causing upheaval in a very important shipping route through which most of the imports and exports of the region pass through. “We are concerned and every effort must be put in place to deal with piracy decisively,” he said on Sunday.
He added that the Kenya Government had requested the International Maritime Authorities for Kenya to expand its waters beyond the current borders into international waters.
On Saturday, Mr Musyoka held a meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart Ali Zhein in Dar-es-Salaam where they agreed that Kenya and Tanzania will revive an agreement for a Joint Commission for Cooperation that was signed 21 years ago.
The Joint Commission for Cooperation that was signed between President Moi and former Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi in 1988 seeks to strengthen economic and bilateral powers between the two countries.
Mr Musyoka is in Tanzania for a three day official visit where he will hold meetings in Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar with high level government officials. He will complete his visit on Monday. He is accompanied by Kinangop MP David Ngugi, Kaloleni MP Kambi Kazungu, Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama and Kibwezi MP Phillip Kaloki.
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