Kenya said in a statement on Friday that some of the cargo will move on the old metre-gauge railway directly to Tororo or Kampala, while fuel will be transported by pipeline to Kisumu and thereafter by water on Lake Victoria to Portbell or Jinja
Truckers will have to pick goods from Naivasha and not Mombasa starting June 1, 2020. Photo by K&M transporters
The Kenyan government has
said that all transit cargo will have to move by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
from Mombasa to Naivasha where truckers will pick it for delivery to Uganda,
Rwanda, and South Sudan. This takes effect on June 1, 2020
effectively cuts off 600 kilometres that truck drivers would have to drive if they were
to pick the goods directly from Mombasa port.
Kenya said in a statement on Friday that some of the cargo will move on the old metre-gauge railway directly to Tororo or Kampala, while fuel will be transported by pipeline to Kisumu and thereafter by
water on Lake Victoria to Portbell or Jinja. This starts
on June 1, according to a letter by James Macharia, the Kenya Minister in Charge
authorities from Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Kenya will have to be
accommodated at Naivasha inland deport to clear goods on time. This, the statement added, will reduce contact of drivers with local people, the main cause for the spread of coronavirus disease.
drivers have been seen as a weak link to spreading coronavirus and partner
countries are trying to devise means to reduce their contact with the community.
The issue of truckers is threatening to cause a diplomatic spat between EAC
also, be required to move by rail – whether the containers are full or empty.
Kenya has directed that drivers will drive up to Naivasha inland port and then
the exports will be moved by rail to Mombasa.
While it is
meant to control contact with truck drivers, it could also mean a chance for
the region to try the possibility of transferring all cargo to rail. Kenya
tried but truck owners had protested the move saying it was taking them out of
For the fuel
and other cargo owners, rail transportation cuts on the cost and risk involved
with road transport. Uganda was
already transporting some fuel products by water. Last year, the country said
it had completed a 14-tank storage facility in Entebbe to store 70 million
litres of fuel.