Leg­is­la­tors lobby for mar­itime play­ers to sit on boards of ports and tax agen­cies

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Some Coast leg­is­la­tors are lob­by­ing to have key play­ers in the mar­itime in­dus­try given slots in boards of man­age­ment at the Kenya Mar­itime Au­thor­ity, Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity, Kenya Rev­enue Au­thor­ity and Kenya Bu­reau of Stan­dards. MPs Ab­dul­swa­mad Nas­sir (Mvita), Badi Twalib (Jomvu) and Omar Mwinyi (Jomvu) on Mon­day said these boards are po­lit­i­cally con­sti­tuted, which in­flu­ences de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the sec­tor. Nas­sir said med­i­cal agen­cies are rep­re­sented by peo­ple who have med­i­cal back­grounds, but in the ship­ping in­dus­try peo­ple are given jobs be­cause of their po­lit­i­cal in­cli­na­tion. “It will only be fair if we have peo­ple from the ship­ping in­dus­try given slots,” he said. “What we see cur­rently are peo­ple who have re­tired and old enough to be our grand­par­ents given op­por­tu­ni­ties to lead these boards. This is just po­lit­i­cal pay­back.” Nas­sir spoke on Mon­day dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Mom­basa. Twalib said Kifwa should have a say in all port mat­ters be­cause it is the big­gest stake­holder, con­tribut­ing about 80 per cent of all the cus­toms rev­enue.

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