The government has shut down two container freight stations belonging to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s family amid; reports that they were linked to illegal operations.
The Portside and Autoport Freight terminals of which one a brother of Governor Joho, prominent businessman Abubakar Joho is a director; were shut down on Thursday following an executive directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The closure follows a letter from the Kenya Ports Authority to the stations’ management notifying them that they would not be allowed to receive cargo from the port.
“It has been decided that nomination of containers to your CFS be suspended with immediate effect,” KPA Managing Director Gichiri Ndua said in the letter dated January 21.
Governor Joho has come out to confirm his family’s interest in the firms saying that someone is trying to fight them.
“Clearly they’ve started fighting us but we are not worried, strangely it’s only our stations they closed.. God is with us.” Said Joho.
Importers have also protested the closure saying the action was illegal since they were not given notice to clear their cargo.
Association of Importers of Kenya Chairman Peter Mambembe said the closure of the two terminals was unprocedural, and asked KRA to immediately open the facilities so that importers can collect their goods.