Norwegian ship owners to sue Kenya for KES 250 million damages
29 September 2015, 13:16
Mombasa - The owner of the Norwegian ship that was held at the Mombasa Port for 8 days is set to sue the Kenyan government for KES 250 million damages incurred during the period.
The Hoegh transporters ship had been linked with illegal shipping of sophisticated weapons and high grade cocaine alleged to have been concealed in the vehicles that were being transported in the ship.
Speaking exclusively to News24 Monday, the lawyers representing the cargo owners’ Cliff Ombeta said they are currently awaiting information from the cargo owners before filing for compensation.
“The ship had delayed and we have paid for the charges during the delay and the owners of the cargos have also complained. We estimate that we will be suing for KES 250 million,” said Ombeta.
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He said they also intend to sue the Kenyan authorities for tarnishing the company’s name and linking it to trafficking of cocaine and sophisticated weapons.
He also added that they will be suing for unlawful detention of the officers by the Kenyan authorities.
The ship was released last Friday and has embarked on a journey to Tanzania, South Africa, West Africa before heading to Mexico.
The ship had been detained at the at the Mombasa port by a contingent of inter agency officers who stormed the port on September 17 restricting its entry and movement inside the port for hours.
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