Govt accused of using underhand tactics to frustrate opposition
30 January 2016, 08:06
Mombasa - Controversy surrounding the closure of two CFS companies linked to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho's family has taken a dramatic twist, with a section of coast legislators terming the closures as underhanded tactics to frustrate the opposition.
The Portside and Autoport Container Freight stations were shut down Thursday following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who oversaw the destruction of illicit rice, ethanol and sugar last week allegedly cleared by the CFSs.
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Port Authority (KPA) shut down the two container Freight stations (CFS) which are allegedly owned by the elder brother of Ali Hassan Joho.
Addressing a press conference at Autoports CFS in Mombasa island, coast politicians led by Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba threatened to organize a series of protests next week, if the government fails reopen the two companies.
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"The move to single out the two CFSs out of the many that are spread across the country is political witch hunt meant to frustrate the opposition," said Jomvu MP Badi Twalib.
They further said that it was shocking for the government to close two CFSs when citizens are languishing in unemployment.
Other leaders present were Mvita Mp Abdulswamad Nassir, Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Omar Mwinyi (Chnagamwe), Mombasa women leader Mish Mboko and Kwale ODM nominated legislator Zuleikha Jumah.
Two weeks ago, detectives from KRA, CID and EACC raided one of the CFS Auto ports and impounded illegal consignment worth over KES 344 million.
The consignment was later destroyed under the supervision of president Uhuru Kenyatta at Mwakirunge dumping site in Kisauni.
The closure has left over 500 vehicles destined for the neighboring countries stuck and more than 600 employees stranded.
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