The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is a national asset and cannot be relinquished to the authority of a county government, KPA Chairman Danson Mungatana said on Tuesday, a day after local leaders led by governor Ali Joho said they would push for the authority to be handed over to the county.
Mungatana asked the Mombasa County government to stop politicizing matters related to national assets, saying that the port handled international business and could therefore not be run by a county authority.
“No county can claim the ownership of the Kenya Ports Authority bearing the fact that as one country we do share national assets,” he told journalists in Mombasa.
He explained that once a country was involved in an international business, the business cannot be managed by a unit of that country.
“The KPA is not just a port for Mombasa, we have Kisumu and Eldoret ports and even ICD Embakasi in Nairobi, what will happen if they also claim the ownership of the Kenya Ports Authority?” the KPA chair posed.
He said the port management was operating under the KPA act, and should therefore not be the subject of political debates.
“If the assets are distributed to the various counties where they originate from, where will the country be heading to? Our mandate is to ensure that the port is working and we do not want to be drawn in to other issues.”
Joho and other politicians from Mombasa have continuously agitated for the handing over of the KPA and the Kenya Ferry Services to the County government.