Joho SGR fights with Uhuru were about his family business as he’s granted multi billion cargo deal

Between 2013 to 2018, Kenyans were treated to a bruising battle between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho over the Standard Guage Railway {SGR} project.

The vicious row between the duo got nasty months ahead of the SGR launch that saw President Uhuru on a number of occasions either arresting, closing his business for alleged goods smuggling or blocking Joho from attending Mombasa presidential functions in a bid to flex his muscles that “he was in charge”.

Mombasa Governor Joho blocked from attending President Uhuru Kenyatta’s SGR Launch in Miritini, Mombasa. | File photo

On his part,in a show of might to ensure Uhuru played second fiddle to him whenever the president step into the coastal city, the “undeterred” Joho would forcefully attempt to storm the presidential functions on claims that he is also a president in his own right and will do anything to “protect the interest of mwananchi”.

In several statements, Joho claimed that the Uhuru led jubilee government is a complicit in runaway corruption; hiding behind the SGR project to “steal from Kenyans”. The Mombasa governor strongly opposed the decision by Kenyan Government for spending sh327billion moving the dry port from Mombasa to Naivasha, arguing it would lead to a huge number of job losses.

“When the Standard Gauge Railway was conceived under the Kibaki/Raila administration, it was a moment full of joy and promise for kenya. But it has now become a bitter pill to swallow. Especially for the coastal people’s and Mombasa. When the Jubilee regime came to power, their ascension became our misery. That a modern railway was due in Kenya is not the question. The problem is that the obscene inflation of the price under Jubilee has made it too expensive for kenya.The immediate loss of Jobs for over 7000 current port employees, their dépendants and affiliated businesses” Joho said in a statement released in May 2017.

Well, fast forward 2019, the noise by Hassan Joho has suddenly vanished and the Naivasha SGR construction is going on smoothly after Mombasa governor family’s interest has been taken care of as their family is now back in the export and import business after several years of “Dryspell”

At some point, the Joho company “proudly” placed a banner on the SGR container reading, “Autoports Freight Terminal Limited – your navigator in the logistics world – supporting the SGR.”

The Mombasa people have now been left on their own after Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) grants Hassan Joho logistics firm a 10-year multi-billion shillings pact to transport bulk cargo over the Standard Gauge Railway to Nairobi and Naivasha Inland port.


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