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Leave Mombasa Port to Coastarians

23 August 2013, 12:18 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa County governor Ali Hassan Joho on Thursday urged the Senate committee on Human Rights and Legal Affairs and Committee on Devolution Implementation to leave Mombasa port to Mombasa people.

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Devolution said that their visit to Mombasa County has evidenced the existence of a great controversy in the auditing of assets in the counties to distinguish between national assets and county government assets.

This came up after the Mombasa county governor Ali Hassan Joho demanded that the Mombasa Port be handed over to the County government rather than being controlled by the national government saying that the port is the only source of revenue to the Mombasa and taking it away will kill the economy of the County.

The Devolution Committee chairman said that the controversy of resources being experienced currently is not abnormal, noting that it should be understood that the governance system is new and many changes have to be put into place for the two governments learn to work together swiftly.

Murkomen said that there will be a mobilisation, alteration and review of the resources allocated to the counties next year and that all county governments will be required to submit a report on issues they wish to be included in the new bill of county resources.

Mombasa County is the first to host the two Senate Committees that are expected to visit all the 47 counties in order to identify the challenges faced by the administration at County level.

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