Cartels Defy Ruto's Executive Order

  • President William Ruto announcing the nominees to his cabinet at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, September 27, 2022..jpg
    President William Ruto announcing the nominees to his cabinet at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
    William Ruto
  • The Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) has raised alarms over power brokers it claimed opposed President William Ruto's directive to divert all cargo operations to the port of Mombasa. 

    KTA cited a South Sudanese cargo that was still being ferried to Nairobi Freight Terminal (NFT) rather than transported to Mombasa for clearance. 

    "It should be noted that the South Sudan Parliament, the business community, and the South Sudan government disowned earlier orders that had been issued by people acting outside their mandate in both governments purporting to have authorized forced use of SGR for South Sudan cargo in Transit," the notice read in part dated Friday, September 30.

    Containers at the Mombasa port
    Containers pictured the port of Mombasa
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    In addition, KTA insisted that the order was all-inclusive and that no communication indicated otherwise.

    "The Presidential directive and the subsequent communication to the shipping lines by the acting Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director was very clear and there were no exceptions," read part of the notice.

    KTA called upon the President to investigate the number of containers being transferred to Nairobi Freight Terminals.

    "Cartels that had captured the state in the previous administration are flagrantly disregarding the presidential directive,"  read part of the notice.

    Additionally, Ruto was urged to hold all individuals involved in the illegal operations to account. 

    “It should be made clear to them that state capture is no longer acceptable and that they should operate in a free market environment like all other companies and individuals," KTA added. 

    However, the association noted that the directive was implemented by all Kenya-bound cargo

    In his inauguration speech on Tuesday, September 13, Ruto issued the directive stating that it would boost the economy of Mombasa.

    Nakuru governor Susan Kihika agreed with the directive but urged the president to fast-track the construction of the Nakuru Industrial Park after all port operations were moved to Mombasa.

    Fille image of the busy Mombasa Port in Mombasa County, Kenya
    File image of the busy Mombasa Port in Mombasa County, Kenya
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