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Govt officers warned against inciting residents over ferry breakdowns

29 October 2015, 08:34 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Permanent secretary in the ministry of transport, Engineer John Mosonic has warned government official against inciting members of the public over the recent ferry breakdown that paralyzed operations at the Likoni Channel.

Mosonic said any inciting utterance by public officials will not be tolerated, and asked those with issues to address them directly to the ministry.

“Am in charge of the KFS; we won't allow any kind of inciting utterance by a government officer,” said Mosonic.

His sentiments came a few days after the Mombasa county Commissioner Nelson Marwa called for the sacking of the Kenya Ferry managing director, Hassan Musa following Monday's stampede that left 11 people injured.

The stampede were caused by overcrowding after two ferries broke down.

Speaking to the press after holding a crisis meeting with the KFS management, he also conceded that KFS was facing some financial constraints because the government had not allocated enough funds as requested by the management.

Read Also: Hoteliers fear losing tourists to delays at Likoni crossing channel

“The KFS proposed budget last year was KES 3.7 billion and the government was able to approve KES 2.2 billion. Out of this, only KES 84 billion was disbursed for the running of the KFS services,” explained Mosonik.

He revealed that the government had not disbursed funds to cater for the maintenance of the ferries that are constantly facing break downs.

Mosonik further added that of the 5 ferries that are operational at the Likoni channel, 3 are over 25 years old and two over five years old hence the recurrent breakdowns being experienced at the channel.

The PS said currently they are planning a maintenance strategy to ensure that such issues do not arise again.

He also called upon members of the public to report any corruption issues at the channel for action to be taken against culprits.

Mosonik said that the matter had been raised in the meeting and the ministry will take the matter seriously.

He further revealed that the ministry of transport will speed up the southern bypass to ease the heavy traffic jam being experienced at the Likoni channel.

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