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Kenya: Mombasa Truckers Riot Over SGR Cargo Business

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Chaos rocked Mombasa on Monday morning as police engaged protesters in running battles.

The protesters want the government to allow trucks to transport cargo at the Mombasa port.

The protests took place despite the government announcing that it had suspended an order directing all cargo be transported via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

DENIED ACCESS

Transporters were, however, reportedly denied access to the port of Mombasa to identify the cargo they would wish to transport despite the suspension of the order. During the riots, at least 13 protesters were arrested at the Nyali Bridge. The protesters were bundled into two police vehicles and taken to Nyali Police Station.

Transport was temporarily disrupted as the more than 20 police officers engaged the protesters in running battles on the Mombasa-Malindi highway.

Nyali Sub County Police Commander Simon Thirikwa, who termed the demo as illegal, confirmed the arrests.

“Once you infringe the right of others then you are conducting an illegal demo,” Mr Thirikwa told Nation.

Those arrested included truck drivers and activists from different human rights organisations in Mombasa.

ACTIVISTS

The activists included Haki Africa’s Executive Director Hussein Khalid, his rapid response officer Mathias Shippeta, Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) rapid response officer Francis Auma and another official identified as Michael.