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Kenyans steal Ugandan goods at Mombasa port

25 March 2015, 09:13 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ugandan traders who import goods through Kenya's Mombasa port have said that their goods are stolen by Kenyans at the port and also in transit to Uganda.

The traders accuse Kenyans at Mombasa port and warehouses for always for unlocking their containers and stealing goods leading traders into making losses.

Some traders attribute the vice to failure by Kenyan government to install cargo tracking devises on the containers destined for Uganda.

The Ugandan traders are strongly calling for the installation of cargo tracking devices on containers right from Mombasa to Kampala to avert theft.

Kampala city traders association chairman, Everest Kayondo said they have incurred huge losses due to the theft.

He said, ''Containers with Ugandan traders' goods are often opened by unscrupulous people at Mombasa port. Many Ugandans have lost their goods through such theft. Authorities at the port should do all they can to stop it.''

One of the traders who lost his property in such theft, Maureen Nambago said, ''When a container with our goods from China was opened in Kampala, it was discovered that half of the goods had been stolen.''

She said that according to those who drove the truck that ferried the container, the goods were stolen at Mombasa port.

Efforts to get comment from Mombasa port authority were fruitless.

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