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Museveni, Kenyatta to Tour Mombasa Port

President Museveni is set to commence a two-day state visit to Kenya where he will tour the Port of Mombasa with his host, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Museveni arrives in the Coastal City of Mombasa this Wednesday where he will be received by Kenyatta at the Moi International Airport.

It is here that the State reception ceremonies will be conducted.

The Kenyan presidency said “the two leaders will proceed to State House, Mombasa, where they will lead bilateral talks with their respective delegations before conducting a joint press briefing.”

During the two-day State Visit, the statement read, “President Museveni, accompanied by his host President Kenyatta, will tour the Port of Mombasa.”

The timing of the two presidents’ tour of the port comes just days after Kenyatta visited the headquarters of Namibia port authority, Namport, in Walvis Bay.

The port of Mombasa and Walvis Bay are similar because they serve many nations in the interior of Africa.

Kenyatta was taken on a tour of the port and shown how the Namibian Government is reclaiming land from the sea to enable the port to handle ships with bigger capacity.

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To enhance its efficiency in serving neighbouring landlocked countries, Namport has assigned dry ports to the different nations so that they can manage their own cargo.

President Kenyatta said Kenya will study the idea of dry ports for neighbouring countries that depend on the Port of Mombasa for their imports and exports.

“That kind of arrangement can let them manage their own cargo and our job will be to be efficient port owners,” said President Kenyatta.

Museveni’s trip also follows Kenyatta’s recent visit to Uganda where he met the former for talks at State House Entebbe.

Kenyatta, a strong proponent of regional integration, is said to have expressed his reservations with Rwandan president Paul Kagame over the closure of the common border with Uganda.

Kagame’s government has since slapped a trade embargo on Uganda, blocking goods destined for the Rwandan market.

Mombasa port

According to Kenya Ports Authority, Uganda still remains the predominant transit destination through Mombasa Port, with a total transit traffic of 7,112,971 tons in 2017 up from 6,346,715 tons in 2016.

In terms of transit traffic through Mombasa Port, South Sudan came second to Uganda with a total traffic of 673,752 tons in 2017 up from 597,852 tons in 2016 representing a 7.8% share of total transit cargo.

Democratic Republic of Congo had about 360,124 tons down from 376,935 tons in 2016. It represented a 4.2% share of total transit cargo in 2017 through Mombasa Port. Rwanda and Tanzania had declining levels of transit cargo through Mombasa Port while Burundi had an increase of 0.3%.

Kenyatta said the port of Mombasa and Namport will partner in the areas of efficiency enhancement, and the bridging of management and administration gaps that lead to corruption with the aim of improving service delivery.

The President further said mismanagement and other malpractices at the ports create inefficiencies which in turn affect economies many countries that depend on these ports as gateways into their countries.

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