Joho’s growing influence in government as he takes over 45 year multi-billion SGR cargo deal

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho seems to be reaping dividends from his new found love with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The two, who did not previously see eye to eye due to the political animosity during campaigns and before the March 9th handshake, are today bosom buddies thanks to the truce between President Uhuru and AU Envoy Raila Odinga.

Reports are now emerging how a private logistics company linked to the family of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is slated to finally take over a cargo terminal in Nairobi owned by government. The cargo terminal, which will be responsible for an exclusive use of the Nairobi Freight Terminals (NFT) won the multi-million deal with the Kenya Railways Corporation. On top of that the company has a 45 years lease for land measuring about 26 acres by the KRC, 

Autoport Freight Terminals Ltd is, the private company linked to the deal based in Mombasa and is owned by the Hassan Joho family. The company, which was the target of President Uhuru’s war with the governor in 2017 is also in the final stages of acquiring a strip of land between the SGR and the old meter gauge railway within the same area. The deal, once complete will see the company handle close to two million tonnes of cargo annually.

In January 2016, at the height of his political animosity with the president, KRA and KPA suspended Autoport and another company known as Portside Freight Terminals Ltd over claims of engaging in tax evasion and smuggling of goods into the country.

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