President William Ruto has said the Port of Mombasa will be authorized to provide services efficiently. A concession is a right to use land or other property for a specific purpose, granted by a government, company, or other regulatory body.
When Ruto was speaking at Mama Ngina Waterfront, Mombasa during the service of various denominations, he said the plan does not mean that the port of Mombasa will be sold.
“We have agreed that the port will not be privatized. That will not happen. I promised to return the port operations to Mombasa, I have implemented that,” Ruto said.
“Restoring port operations in Mombasa is not enough. We need a port development plan, that’s why we have announced an agreement plan. This will enable investors to put their resources to strengthen logistics and special economic areas,” he said.
Ruto said the government is looking for investment in the port of Mombasa to increase its capacity and job opportunities.
“The people who work at the port are few, only about 8,000. We want to prepare this port, together with the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone, to employ more than 50,000 young people,” Ruto said.
President Ruto said the port of Mombasa is a great resource for Kenya but it is performing poorly, being ranked at number 326 out of 348 ports in the world.
“Do you see how our issues have deteriorated? have brought us to the end! Because it is ineffective. We want it to be top 10,” Ruto said.
Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir, on the other hand, had said that he is against having a private organization running the port without knowing what they will do. Nassir noted that when the port was closed by the previous administration, Mombasa’s economy was greatly affected and it is still on its way to recovery.
“When you make decisions that are going to stagnate, in one way or another, the question you have to ask yourself is, were we making losses while we were at the port? no. we should get more? Nasir said.