KMA Lamu safety work­shop dis­rupted

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

A Kenya Mar­itime Au­thor­ity work­shop to ed­u­cate boat own­ers on safety at the Mwana Arafa Ho­tel was dis­rupted on Wed­nes­day. The more than 500 boat own­ers protested against the stiff­ness of the mar­itime reg­u­la­tions. Po­lice had to in­ter­vene. The boat op­er­a­tors and the KMA of­fi­cials dis­agreed on how and when penal­ties for mar­itime crimes are im­ple­mented. The op­er­a­tors said the penal­ties are too harsh. The scuf­fle lasted close to an hour. Lamu county com­mis­sioner Joseph Kanyiri urged the boat own­ers to ad­here to the mar­itime rules. Kanyiri de­fended the KMA, say­ing it does not form the reg­u­la­tions. “Mar­itime rules must be fol­lowed to the let­ter,” Kanyiri said. KMA direc­tor Chenje Mwachiro said the ob­jec­tive was to ed­u­cate all on safety while at sea.

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