President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended massive investment in expansion and modernisation of Mombasa Port and associated rail and road infrastructure. He said this will make the facility compete at the same level with Cairo and Durban ports.
The Head of State noted that poor infrastructure has been a major hindrance to the growth of the port and expressed commitment to helping the facility realise its potential through mega projects.
Uhuru, who spoke during the commissioning of the dualling of Mombasa-Kwa Jomvu-Mariakani highway at Changamwe roundabout, said the ongoing projects at the port will enable the facility to handle more cargo, create jobs and grow the economy.
“We want to set up a free ports at Ndongo Kundu, Voi, Naivasha and Kisumu and this can only be realised if we have good infratructure. We have a lot of investors who want to come and invest here,” he said.
The Standard Gauge Railway, Mombasa Port expansion and road construction projects are expected to help end congestion at the facility.
The expansion programme has enabled Mombasa Port to handle vessels of up to 6,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) which translates into economies of scale thus lowering cost of doing business.
The 11.3 kilometre road from Doro road will be constructed at a cost of Sh 6.1 billion and is expected to help ease perennial gridlock which has been blamed for slow evacuation of cargo from the port of Mombasa.