Traders set to resume anti-Standard Gauge Railway protests

Monday, December 23rd, 2019 00:00 |
SGR train at Mombasa terminus. Photo/Courtesy

Traders and Civil Society groups in Mombasa have threatened to paralyse transport operations in the town as their weekly demonstrations resume today, one month after the government failed to revoke the mandatory directive to haul cargo direct from Mombasa to Nairobi using the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

The traders on Sunday termed an earlier suspension directive by Transport CS James Macharia a “word of mouth” which has not borne fruits even as Container Freight Stations (CFSs) continue to close down following business paralysis.

They say the “Black Monday” protests resume after their petition to the Senate over the implementation order failed to materialise.

Although the government directed suspension of the order, it is still being implemented, causing paralysis in parts of the port city.

Speaking at a media briefing in Mombasa Fast Action Business Community Movement chairperson Salim Karama, maintained they will not relent on their quest until the mission to defend economic rights of the coast region are addressed.

“We remain committed to our struggle to liberate the economy, of the Coast and other parts of the country.

As Kenyans, we have a duty to not only defend our economic rights but also ensure the prosperity of our people and future. We shall not relent in this quest until our mission is realised,” said Karama.

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