No congestion at Mombasa port, PS Kibicho

By Tobby Otum

The government is satisfied with the work at the port of Mombasa and refuted allegations of congestion at the facility.

National  Development Implementation Technical Committee [NDITC] on the port efficiency and congestion resolution  chairman  Karanja Kibicho said the  presentations at Kenya Ports  Authority [KPA]  board room are accurate  before embarking on an inspection tour of the port of Mombasa facility over allegations of congestion.

He said congestion at the port is not an issue  and the government is  not worried  as they are  happy  with the work at the facility. 

He said the port handles four types  of cargo  with local consignments  supposed to be removed to their points of destination.

“The is different from cargo for transshipment  and transit to neighboring countries,” he said.

Kibicho refuted claims in the mainstream and social media that the facility is congested after the fact finding tour.

He spoke during a media briefing after the fact finding tour at the port of Mombasa.

The NDITC chairperson  said they had tried to see how each component is being handled arguing they were unable to detect any congestion.

Kibicho, who is interior principal secretary and who was accompanied by his Shipping and Maritime Affairs counterpart Nancy Karigithu and Industrial Commercial Development Corporations (ICDU) Chair John Ngumi, told journalists they are determined to ensure they improve on space  of cargo being evacuated at the port.

He said they never saw  or detected any  congestion at the county facility and at  the Marshal  yard the standard  gauge railway freight service was ready and waiting  to evacuate cargo out of the port.

“The two state corporations  operating at the port  are working  together as a team to ensure cargo and goods are evacuated in good time,” he emphasized.

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