In Summary
  • The proposal was contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill 2019.
  • The Omnibus bill sought to amend the Merchant Shipping Act of 2009.

  • But the MPs ganged up to shoot down the plan as the bill came up for consideration last week.

The National Assembly has rejected a proposal by the government to give the Transport Cabinet Secretary sweeping powers to determine who runs the lucrative shipping business at Terminal 2 at the port of Mombasa.

The plan to ensure that the CS awards the business without tendering was contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill 2019.

RECIPE FOR CHAOS

The Omnibus bill sought to amend the Merchant Shipping Act of 2009.

But the MPs ganged up to shoot down the plan as the bill came up for consideration last week.

The Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee chaired by Pokot South MP David Pkosing, in its report, warned against the plan saying it was a recipe for chaos.

The Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) that is owned by the government and foreign companies on a 53:47 per cent shareholding basis, operates the berth that generates about Sh10 billion a year.

“The proposed amendments gives draconian powers to the CS to exempt any government entity or enterprise from the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and thus, the said powers may be abused,” the Committee said in its report to the House.

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