The Kenya army started on Monday to help in clearing the congestion of goods and shipping at Klindini harbour, Mombasa.
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Background: The Kenya army started on Monday to help in clearing the congestion of goods and shipping at Klindini harbour, Mombasa. Some 70 drivers and officers are involved.
President Kenyatta sent in the troops after noting with concern that the port was heavily congested with cargo, and consignments for up-country destinations had been lying at Klindini through lack of transport. Among the delayed goods was United States-donated wheat soy-blend for Kenya's drought-affected areas.
Yet there has been a labour dispute at the port, simply shortages of staff and transport, and management problems.
The situation is expected to be back to normal at Klindini in about a week.
SYNOPSIS: For the past few weeks on of Kenya's main harbours, Klindini, Mombasa, has been congested with ships unable to get their cargoes unloaded, due to shortages of staff and transport, and management problems. Other ships have not been able to get a berth because of the slowness in moving cargo. President Kenyatta has noted with concern that consignments for up-country destinations have been lying awaiting attention at Klindini. Some critics blame the Harbour's Authority for the congestion, saying they should have foreseen the situation, and appropriated railway yards for temporarily storing cargo. A seminar to discuss the problems is being held in Mombasa next week, organised by the Mombasa Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association.
Meanwhile President Kenyatta has called the army in to work at the port as an emergency measure, and it is hoped it will be cleared in just over a week. Forty-four army vehicles, 34 three-tonners and the rest ten-tonners, are expected to be able to move 202 tons of goods in a single convoy. The Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the port authorities is co-ordinating the operation. Among the loads held up are vital fuel oil consignments, newsprint, motor vehicles and mail. Some 250,000 pounds of United States donated wheat soy-blend for Kenya's drought-affected areas was unloaded after being held up for days. It is believed that the lorries will concentrates mainly on goods consigned for Nairobi while railway wagons will take goods beyond Nairobi.
The situation in the sheds and yards has considerably improved since the Government gave the Harbours Corporation instructions to hire lorries to help in moving goods at the port, but there is still a lot to be done before it returns to normal. All concerned have welcomed the use of the army.