Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia defend Government’s plan to have all cargo imports transported through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Responding to the claims laid by the MPs who described the plan as illegal and not approved by the National Assembly since the Government did not involve the public and the National Assembly participation in the matter.
CS Macharia yesterday told MPs the decision was arrived at following revelations where most importers collude with Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Ports Authority officials to evade taxes.
The CS informed the National Assembly Transport Committee of cases of importers colluding with Government officers to declare cargo meant for other destinations to land in Mombasa.
“We have many such cases in Mariakani weighbridge,” he said.
MPs had also pointed out that implementing the directive would see millions of people employed at Container Freight Stations and clearing and forwarding agents out of employment.
But Macharia yesterday downplayed fears of job losses, arguing that that SGR directive would create more opportunities.
The committee directed the CS to engage stakeholders and ensure all interests were taken care of before implementing the policy.