July 27th 2017

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President Uhuru dismisses port relocation claims

The huge sums of money needed to cater for construction and land compensation has led to huge borrowing of 80 per cent of the required funds. The project is initially not expected to generate handsome profits in the short term.

By Trizza Kimanitkimani@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 17 Jul 2017 16:21 EAT

The president yesterday speaking to Jomvu residents in Mombasa county refuted claims that his administration wants to transfer the port of Mombasa to Naivasha after his deputy cited the construction of an industrial city in Naivasha. This is the second phase of the project that will cost Uhuru administration Sh310 billion while the first phase was completed with Sh327 billion budget. For the 225 kilometre Naivasha-Kisumu the President led a team of delegates with the aim of securing additional funds from the Exim Bank of China. The railway is set to traverse through Narok, Bomet and Kericho counties.

The cargo sector is set to begin soon. The passenger trains are operational transporting more than 105,000 passengers since the launch early June this year. The Railway Authorities received 18 more freight cargo engines and 60 wagons were offloaded at the port of Mombasa yesterday in the presence of Kenya Railways Managing director, AK Maina. He said this was the last set they’d receive with more expected next year.

The huge sums of money needed to cater for construction and land compensation has led to huge borrowing of 80 per cent of the required funds. The project is initially not expected to generate handsome profits in the short term.

The president tore into the governor stating that that he had taken up the job of hurling insults instead of delivering services and clearing up the mounting piles of garbage in the city asking him to account for the Sh40 billion allocated to the county. He was accompanied by Tourism CS Najib Balala, Taveta MP Naomi Shabaan and Kwale Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga among other leaders.

Party nominees and aspirants were also present led by the gubernatorial candidate Suleiman Shahbal, senatorial candidate Hazel Katana, Jovu MP aspirant Karisa Nzai among others.

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