William Samoei Ruto, the fifth president of Kenya, has on 13th September 2022 reverted Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that made Nairobi and Naivasha the Central clearance points of all imports in the country.
The New Decree
President William Ruto, will be making his first visit to the Coast this week, moments after ordering that all cargo clearance be reverted to Mombasa port. The information revealed moments after his swearing-in party has put smiles on both local and international investors as the business environment has been eased. This is one of the promises H.E. Ruto made during his campaign trails around the country.
The transfer of port services from Nairobi and Naivasha Inland Container Depots (ICD) was a crucial topic in campaigns that were held in the Nakuru and Mombasa Counties.
Tug of War
A tug of war has been going on as leaders from coast pushed for Uhuru’s order to be reverted whilst Naivasha leaders demanded for more investment in the Naivasha ICD.
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Port stakeholders have welcomed Dr Ruto’s decree to, saying the move will revive the economy.
“The move by President Ruto is commendable and now we want the executive order to be implemented immediately,” said Mr Mwanthi.
He said thousands of people had lost jobs after the government made it mandatory to ferry all goods to Nairobi and other hinterlands through the SGR. The Naivasha ICD will remain a futuristic depot.
“The government facilities should be left open to those willing to use them and the government should make them efficient,” he said.
More changes are set to be made by the newly appointed president as Kenyans wait to see how the first 100 days of Kenya Kwanza’s government will shape the economy of the nation.