Mombasa – Mombasa Info http://mombasainfo.com/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:10:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://mombasainfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3.png Mombasa – Mombasa Info http://mombasainfo.com/ 32 32 Kenya is trying to regain Dar’s fuel business with its new reserve in Mombasa https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-is-trying-to-regain-dars-fuel-business-with-its-new-reserve-in-mombasa/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:10:42 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/kenya-is-trying-to-regain-dars-fuel-business-with-its-new-reserve-in-mombasa/

By ANTHONY KITIMO

Kenya is banking on the new $385 million Kipevu Oil Terminal to rip oil business out of the port of Dar es Salaam, which supplies the Great Lakes region.

Tanzania turned the tables on the port of Mombasa after persistent allegations of adulteration of petroleum products on the Northern Corridor. Then the three-year closure of the Uganda-Rwanda border and lower tariffs made both countries more dependent on the Tanzanian port.

With the new facility in Kipevu, Nairobi now plans to create a petroleum products center for the region in hopes of regaining its lost business. The government has also started to convert Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd’s (KPRL) Changamwe depot in Mombasa, a few kilometers from Kipevu, into a fuel and LPG storage facility.

This was announced by Kenya’s chief petroleum secretary, Andrew Kamau The East African that procedures are nearing completion for the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) to take over KPRL to make the facility a hub for larger vessels.

Mr. Kamau said the Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT) will serve as an import and export facility.

“We will use this new facility as it has loading and unloading mechanisms that allow larger vessels to offload fuel, store it in the KPRL depot and then pump it back to smaller vessels serving Indian Ocean islands such as Zanzibar, Seychelles and Mauritius can and other countries that lack such a facility,” Mr. Kamau said.

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“The construction of KOT and its peripheral facilities is intended to provide cheap gas and other petroleum products to Kenya and ensure a steady supply of such products to the East African and other Indian Ocean islands,” he added.

Nairobi is trying to lure back Uganda, the main user of the Mombasa port for transit cargo, to start importing fuel from Kenya to Kisumu via the North Corridor and then ship it through Lake Victoria via the $170 million new Kisumu fuel terminal.

Uganda imports at least 185 million liters of petroleum products per month, most of which are routed through the port of Kisumu and the Eldoret depot. Kenya transports about 900 million liters of petroleum products per month and relies on Tanzania’s inadequate fuel transport infrastructure to sustain Uganda’s petroleum handling business.

Last year Uganda said it was exploring ways to reduce its dependence on Kenya for oil imports by boosting supplies through Tanzania, a move that unsettled Mombasa port managers and the government mandarin.

Kampala currently accounts for three-quarters of the port of Mombasa’s transit cargo, and any drop in supplies could further hurt the facility, which has been trying to fend off growing competition from Tanzania’s Indian Ocean ports of Dar and Tanga.

In July, Uganda Railways Corporation (URC) began a trial shipment of 500,000 liters of petroleum products from Mwanza across Lake Victoria after a 16-year hiatus. Cargo from Dar port had been transported by train to Mwanza port.

It takes four days to transport freight from the port of Dar es Salaam to Port Bell in Uganda by road and rail.

URC chief executive Stephen Wakasenza said that while Kampala is happy with Mombasa, it was looking for an alternative route “for strategic reasons”.

“We are targeting oil because it is a product that is used on a daily basis. We aim to bring in 10 to 20 million liters per month on both routes and increase the capacity to 40 million liters,” Mr Wakasenza said, adding that they will be relying on a Kenyan boat to deliver around four to six million liters per month .

Kenya now says that with storage facilities in Mombasa and Nairobi connected to the old metre-gauge railway network, it will use freight trains to transport petroleum products, especially now that the KOT can dock at least four ships at a time.

“We understand the challenge ahead in terms of storage, that is, when a freight train arrives to evacuate such products, to avoid delays in unloading,” PS Kamau said.

Mr. Kamau acknowledged that the originally planned Eldoret-Kampala-Kigali Refined Petroleum Products Pipeline, one of the key projects that Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda had agreed to jointly implement as part of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, dubbed the Coalition of the Willing, “was abandoned, unless new talks are initiated,” hence the new plan.

The pipeline was expected to cost US$1.5 billion, with the 350 km Eldoret-Kampala route costing US$400 million and the 434 km Kampala-Kigali belt estimated at US$1.1 billion.

The project would include the construction of the main line pumps, intermediate pumping stations and road or rail loading facilities for tankers. The initial design requirement would also have allowed for bi-directional flow with the installation of pumping stations to ship product from the proposed Hoima refinery in Uganda via Kampala to Kenya with another option to feed into the Kampala-Kigali pipeline.

But now Kenya wants to double capacity to handle transit petroleum products from the current 35,000 tons per month, enticing Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to consider Mombasa as their main source of oil, as it will be cheaper than using the central one Corridor of Dar.

According to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), the old oil facility recorded a total bulk liquid throughput of 8.63 million tonnes in 2021, up from 8.37 million tonnes in 2020.

Acting KPA chief executive John Mwangemi said faster loading is likely to result in lower prices for LPG as oil marketers are expected to pass on the benefits of reduced mooring costs to consumers.

The new Kipevu Oil Terminal, built by China Communications Construction Company, will be connected to the deposits by both subsea and land-based pipelines and will be able to process five different fuel products: crude oil, heavy oil and three types of white oil products (DPK- aviation fuel, AGO diesel and PMS fuel).

The facility will be built directly opposite the second container terminal in the port of Mombasa and will have the capacity to handle vessels with a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 200,000 and its own LPG line.

The new LPG terminal will have two LPG unloading lines, with KPC having rights to one line, while private companies will be allocated a second line, according to the government’s plan.

The second line will play a key role in ending the longstanding gas supply monopoly as it will bring new entrants into the business.

Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (Nema) said at least 20 companies had expressed interest in the second line before construction, but only seven had submitted their bids for approval.

KPC currently receives imported LPG from vessels docking at the Shimanzi Oil Terminal and fills it into its tanks – T610 and T611, located at its Changamwe facility. The product is then evacuated through connecting lines to the local terminals for truck loading or filling.

The pipeline agency is already constructing a dedicated LPG storage facility with an initial capacity of 25,000 tons, which will play a key role in reducing gas costs by 30 percent once the facility becomes operational.

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CS Mucheru urges public institutions to use digitization to improve service delivery https://mombasainfo.com/cs-mucheru-urges-public-institutions-to-use-digitization-to-improve-service-delivery/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 11:36:43 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/cs-mucheru-urges-public-institutions-to-use-digitization-to-improve-service-delivery/

CS Joe Mucheru speaks at the Konza Technopolis – Intel Corporation Forum in Mombasa. [James Wanzala, Standard]

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru wants public institutions to use digitization and innovation to improve service delivery.

Citing innovation as the new frontier of value creation and solutions to challenges, CS said the digital transformation journey the government has embarked on will support service delivery in public institutions.

He spoke Thursday at the Konza Technopolis-Intel Corporation Forum in Mombasa under the motto: Accelerating the digitization of government to achieve Vision 2030.

“I am pleased that you took part in shaping this dialogue, because it is very critical. As a country, we need to turn to technology to get to the next level, and I think it’s great that many companies are determined to move forward,” Mr. Mucheru said.

The digitization of government services is also aimed at boosting the country’s knowledge-based economy, backed by legislation such as the Data Protection Act, he said.

“I want to challenge organizations to engage with the online market and seize the opportunities available on the internet. We are in an era where people are developing solutions online that are now trading at attractive yields,” Mucheru said.

Monitor water pumps remotely from your phone

Tracking and monitoring motor vehicles is nothing new to Kenyans. The competition to install affordable tracking devices is fierce, but essential for fleet managers who get reports online and track vehicles from the comfort of their desks.

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The plan to make full use of the railroad to move cargo from the port creates a storm https://mombasainfo.com/the-plan-to-make-full-use-of-the-railroad-to-move-cargo-from-the-port-creates-a-storm/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 21:21:20 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/the-plan-to-make-full-use-of-the-railroad-to-move-cargo-from-the-port-creates-a-storm/

Cargo being unloaded from SGR train to Meter Gauge Railway freight train at Inland Container Depot in Mai Mahiu Naivasha for onward transport to Malaba. [Antony Gitonga, Standard]

Coastal towns along the Northern Corridor are expected to be hit by another wave of economic hardship once Kenya Railways begins hauling cargo directly from Mombasa to Malaba.

But it would be reversed in the Rift Valley, particularly in Nakuru, where area governor Lee Kinyanjui said it could hasten an economic boom in the new city.

“We understand that the clearance and transfer operations will be carried out around Longonot and Mai Mahiu, which are now one of the fastest growing cities in the country,” he said.

On Monday, Kenya Railways chief executive Phillip Maingi said the move would cut the time it takes to move cargo from Mombasa to Malaba by truck from the current four days to 28 hours.

“Not only will this reduce traffic on the roads, but it will also reduce the costs that companies and individuals incur in transporting cargo,” he said during the launch of the Naivasha trial.

Cargo interveners in Mombasa yesterday said the new program would deal a blow to the road transport sector, which depends on last-mile business to stay afloat.

The Kenya Ships Agents Association also said that for the policy to work and avoid additional costs for importers, KR must guarantee seamless connectivity of transport from the SGR to the Naivasha meter gauge railway.

KSAA Chief Executive Officer Juma Tellah said a thorough bill of lading (TBL) system should also be put in place to ensure cargo security.

“We opposed it last year because the systems weren’t in place. If implemented haphazardly, it could cause delays that would result in demurrage,” he said.

Under the new arrangement, cargo picked up at the Port of Mombasa will be delivered by standard gauge rail to the Inland Container Depot at Mai Mahiu. Once arrived at the ICD, it will be transferred to the newly built Mai Mahiu-Longonot railway line for onward transport to Malaba via the meter gauge railway line. “In Uganda, there were concerns about the high tariffs that the country charges, but we checked that by around 50 percent,” Maingi said.

But Samson Makhoha, chairman of the truck drivers’ association, said there were fears of massive job losses.

“It will mean job losses for dozens of drivers, mechanics and even insurance companies that insure these cargo and vehicles,” he said, adding, “Cities along the Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba highway that were dependent on truck drivers , will suffer an agonizing death. However, Naivasha Road Safety Chairman James Kabono noted that 80 percent of accidents and traffic incidents along the Mai Mahiu-Limuru road were caused by the trailers.

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FAA rejects FedEx proposal to install missile defense system on Airbus planes https://mombasainfo.com/faa-rejects-fedex-proposal-to-install-missile-defense-system-on-airbus-planes/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 19:11:00 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/faa-rejects-fedex-proposal-to-install-missile-defense-system-on-airbus-planes/

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it was withdrawing proposed conditions that could have allowed supplier FedEx to install laser-based missile defenses on the jetmaker’s Airbus A321-200 planes.

The FAA said Tuesday it “determined that further internal studies are necessary.” The FAA said, to avoid confusion, “a comment period on a suggestion that the agency is not moving forward at this time, the FAA is withdrawing the notice.” FedEx did not comment Tuesday and the FAA declined to comment beyond the withdrawal to express.

The FAA said Friday it was proposing terms and opening the proposal for public comment.

In October 2019, FedEx applied for approval to use a feature that emits infrared laser energy outside the aircraft as a countermeasure against heat-seeking missiles, the FAA announced Friday.

Some FedEx aircraft use infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) technology to protect commercial aircraft from ground-based shoulder-launched missile attacks.
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For decades, the airline industry and several governments have grappled with the threat to commercial aircraft from shoulder-launched missiles known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, or MANPADs. Some use infrared systems to target an aircraft’s engines.

“The FedEx missile defense system directs infrared laser energy at an incoming missile to disrupt it

the missile tracks the heat of the plane,” the FAA document said.

According to the US State Department, more than 40 civilian aircraft have been struck by MANPADs since the 1970s.

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FedEx participated in a US test of missile defense technology for civilian aircraft.
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In November 2002, two missiles narrowly missed an Arkia Israeli Airlines Boeing 757 on takeoff from Mombasa Airport, and efforts to counter the threat accelerated.

In 2003, an Airbus A300 freighter flown by DHL was damaged by MANPADs and forced to make an emergency landing in Baghdad.

In 2007 and 2008, FedEx — better known for its package delivery service — participated in a US government attempt at anti-missile defense technology for civilian aircraft by installing Northrop Grumman’s Guardian countermeasures system on some commercial cargo flights, while BAE Systems said it had installed one JetEye system on an American Airlines aircraft.

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Exciting motorsport showcase marks Standard Group’s partnership with Classic Rally: The Standard Sports https://mombasainfo.com/exciting-motorsport-showcase-marks-standard-groups-partnership-with-classic-rally-the-standard-sports/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 14:52:31 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/exciting-motorsport-showcase-marks-standard-groups-partnership-with-classic-rally-the-standard-sports/
Standard Group CEO Orlando Lyomu (left) presents a gift to EASCR manager Sinder Sudle during the revival of a 1950 partnership with EASCR on Monday January 17, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Excitement was in the air as leading national broadcaster, Standard Group PLC, revived a 1950 partnership with the East African Safari Classic Rally (EASCR) on Monday in Nairobi.

The rekindling of nostalgic memories was marked with a stunning Motor Show event held at the Standard Group Center along Mombasa Road.

Rally legends and experienced drivers performed stunts and drifts while circling the venue’s fountain, leaving the crowd in awe.

Classic cars including a Nissan Navara, Porshe and BMW highlighted some of the action that audiences should expect at the tenth edition of EASCR, scheduled from February 10-18 across 11 Kenyan counties.

“It’s my first time in a rally car. I don’t know what to expect. The closest thing to a rally car was in a go-kart, but I’m just as excited,” said Orlando Lyomu, CEO of Standard Group PLC before getting a daring ride from ALS Head of Technical, Ben Musomba.

Musomba drove and turned at unimaginable angles, revealing the kind of pull the 1969 Porshe can resist.

“The machine is comfortable, you don’t even feel its tremendous speed,” said Lyomu after the hair-raising fight.

Pipi Renu, the EASCR logistics manager, was the first to sweep the ‘track’ with his Nissan Navara, which acted as the safety car.

“Car number 00 always makes sure the track is okay for all the competitors,” explained Renu after his breathtaking performance under the scorching Nairobi sun.

Then came three-time Kenya National Rally Championship winner Azar Anwar!

With his BMW E28-535i, the former Kenya Motorsport Personality of the Year winner showed the audience what has made him a legend in the sport.

He spun, drifted and raced in a confined space at cutthroat speed, completing his stunt to wild applause from onlookers.

Explaining the importance of the partnership, Lyomu said the media house will provide Ksh 21 million worth of coverage at the upcoming event.

“We are the home of sport. We’re rekindling the relationship that existed between the 1950’s and the 70’s. We are giving people back the past glory because the Classic Rally was a household name during the Easter holidays in Kenya,” said Lyomu.

Charles Otieno, Director of Weekly Newspapers, Sports and Entertainment, assured the rally crowd that they would be in for a show to remember during the competition.

“As a media company, we also deal with sports productions. The Classic Rally is one of the disciplines that we want to develop further,” said Otieno.

Anwar already believes local riders who have signed up for the competition will be up to the task this season.

Instructor Raju Chaggar has already issued a clean bill of health for the 5000km route that winds from Naivasha to Watamu.

“I’ve just come back from a nine day inspection of the roads and stages, the track is great, drivers should expect obstacles and challenges that will suit the rally,” said Raju.

Standard Group board member Juliana Rotich with rally driver Azar Anwar on a BMW E28-535i. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

Events Director Tash Tundo reiterated Orlando’s sentiments, saying they are working hard to bring the competition back to the people.

“About 13 countries will participate in this competition. As EASCR, we look forward to a better partnership with Standard Group that will help us present Kenya to the rest of the world,” said Tundo.

Rally legend Sylvia King welcomed the new relationship, saying sponsorship is crucial for any sporting event to thrive in today’s world.

Standard Group Board Member Juliana Rotich, who believes the competition will help bring back her childhood memories of the Easter holidays, had this wonderful quote to end the session.

“To win, you have to know how to lose,” she said.

EACSR group 4 seeding

1. Glen Edmunds

2. Frederico Polese

3. Ramesh Visram

4. Steve Parkinson

5. Ian Dobson

6. Rajesh Maini

7. Joey chose

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Complete Sports Training Center – offers athletes a holistic training https://mombasainfo.com/complete-sports-training-center-offers-athletes-a-holistic-training/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:51:38 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/complete-sports-training-center-offers-athletes-a-holistic-training/

What sets the Complete Sports Training Center apart is that it is a holistic training center.

Just after 6am, John makes his way to the gate of the camp, ready for the morning run. At 6:15 p.m., he was joined by about 20 other elite runners who live at the Complete Sports Training Center in Kaptagat, a village 25 kilometers east of Eldoret in Kenya‘s former Rift Valley. At an altitude of 2400 m, it is ideally located to offer top runners an excellent training environment.

What sets the Complete Sports Training Center apart is that it is a holistic training center. Founder and former German national runner Bernd Breitmaier explains the concept: “We believe that human beings consist of body, mind and soul – and you could say the social dimension to that. Holistic therefore includes physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects. We train our staff to support athletes in these four dimensions.”

After the morning run, John and his colleagues have breakfast together. Some mornings, instead of the morning run, they drive to the Eldoret racetrack for some running practice. After breakfast there might be a lesson or just free time or on some days a second training session before lunch. After lunch there is usually a nap, socializing, doing laundry etc. The afternoon can include a teaching session, mentoring or just hanging out together. Athletes also assigned some tasks like working in the kitchen, collecting milk, collecting firewood.

At 5:30 p.m. is the daily evening devotional and prayer and sharing of information about the day’s program for the next day. Then the athletes help serve dinner—usually ugali and cabbage, and maybe some meat. Athletes often linger over dinner, hang out together, and then go to bed early because of the early start in the morning.

Having had to end his own career prematurely due to health problems, Breitmaier has a passion for helping other high-performance athletes holistically. Participating in the World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa in 2007 and the trip to Eldoret opened his eyes to the possibility of setting up a holistic training camp and locating it in Kenya.

Breitmaier takes up the story: “We opened in 2012. At that time there were no training camps that offered holistic support for athletes. We invited athletes to a training camp and from these athletes we selected a group of 15 people who were stationed at our training center. A fundamental concept is that we live as a family. We share life, live together 24/7.

“We have a three-tier approach to our athlete development program. Phase one could be like a classroom lesson. The second phase is to mentor them individually with sports mentors to see what their particular needs are. In phase three, the athletes implement something themselves.

“We currently have nine employees and over 40 athletes. Living together, eating together, praying together, worshiping together is a fundamental part of our support of athletes. We share life and take care of each other.”

The center has a Christian ethos. It has a partnership with the African Inland Churches. There is a church on site and athletes are encouraged to attend on Sundays. Once a month there is a Sunday afternoon worship service led by athletes that is open to guests. 200 people attended one recently.

Athletes who train at the center begin to achieve success at national and international levels. The most high-profile former Complete Sports old-boy is Emmanuel Korir, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic 800m champion.

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Alleged drug lord Masuo Bakari from Mombasa found dead in Thika https://mombasainfo.com/alleged-drug-lord-masuo-bakari-from-mombasa-found-dead-in-thika/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 07:47:35 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/alleged-drug-lord-masuo-bakari-from-mombasa-found-dead-in-thika/

The body of a suspected Mombasa drug lord who disappeared on December 5, 2021 has been discovered.

The body of Masuo Bakari Tajiri was found horribly decomposed in a thicket in Thika, Kiambu County.

Masuo, along with Fahmi Bakari, 21, and Hussein Mohamed, 26, are pending a number of drug-related offenses in multiple courts.

Hussein Masuo, Bakari’s relative, confirmed that the accused drug lord’s body was discovered in a thicket in the city of Thika and taken to the Nairobi city morgue.

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His family prepared to take his body to Mombasa for burial by last night.

Unknown people took the trio away in Maungu near Voi in Taita Taveta County on December 5 last year, according to relatives.

Despite claims that a body had been discovered near Pirates Beach in Mombasa’s Bamburi region, Fahmi and Mohamed’s whereabouts remained unclear as of last night.

Their relatives claim the three went to Limuru and Thika on December 3, allegedly to buy a Nissan Matatu.

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Bakari was wanted by Interpol at the time for cross-border drug trafficking in Tanzania, Congo and Kenya, and he was also accused of being in possession of 24,466.4 grams of heroin worth Sh7.4 million.

Bakari was acquitted in absentia by a Shanzu court on December 15 for lack of evidence, but his co-defendant Fatuma Sicobo was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The deceased is said to have invested in public transportation and owned a fleet of Matatus operating the congested Kisauni route.

Through his involvement in the matatu sector, he is said to have met Fahmi and Mohamed, who ran a matatu business along the busy route.

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The deceased had previously served a seven-year sentence and had been arrested three times for drug trafficking, police records show.

According to an assessment by the police intelligence service, Bakari is suspected of having lured Fahmi and Mohamed into drug dealing.

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South Sudan and Sudan discuss reopening of the Babanusa-Wau railway line https://mombasainfo.com/south-sudan-and-sudan-discuss-reopening-of-the-babanusa-wau-railway-line/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:31:36 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/south-sudan-and-sudan-discuss-reopening-of-the-babanusa-wau-railway-line/

January 11, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Costello Garang Ring Lual, South Sudan’s presidential advisor, discussed options in Khartoum to reopen the Babanusa-Wau Railway, which connects the two Sudans.

The stretch between Babanusa from West Kordofan and Wau in the state of Upper Nile was fully rehabilitated by the United Nations and reopened in 2010 after the peace agreement was signed in 2005.

However, the route was closed after the outbreak of civil war in late 2013. The two countries agreed to reopen the route in 2018, but this has not happened.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sovereign Council, received Lual, who gave him a message from President Salva Kiir and discussed the need to reopen the 445.5 km long railway line between the two neighboring countries.

“This railway is very important for South Sudan and we want to reopen it to improve trade relations between Sudan and South Sudan,” Lual told reporters in Khartoum at the end of his meeting with al-Burhan.

He added that this line will enable the import and export of products to and from South Sudan through terminals in Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

He stressed that it is easier for the majority of the southern Sudanese who live in the north of the country in the provinces of Bhar El-Ghazal and Upper Nile to meet their needs via Port Sudan.

He added that the railroad that will connect the inland through Mombasa, Kenya, would be better suited for Equatoria province.

An international railroad is under construction to connect Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Mombasa terminals.

The expansion of economic and trade relations between South Sudan and Sudan is seen as a means of reducing tensions between the tribes in the border areas and encouraging the people of both sides to live together peacefully.

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Peace and Development in the Horn of Africa: China’s Constructive Role https://mombasainfo.com/peace-and-development-in-the-horn-of-africa-chinas-constructive-role/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:10:49 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/peace-and-development-in-the-horn-of-africa-chinas-constructive-role/

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) at the Kipevu Kenya Oil Terminal in the port of Mombasa, Kenya, January 6, 2022. / CMG

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) at the Kipevu Kenya Oil Terminal in the port of Mombasa, Kenya, January 6, 2022. / CMG

Publisher’s Note: Wu Chuanhua, PhD, is a research fellow at the China-Africa Institute and chief editor of China-Africa Studies. The article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

China State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Eritrea, Kenya and the Comoros earlier this month. For the 32nd time in a row, a Chinese foreign minister started his year-round visits abroad with a trip to the African continent.

Since 1991, Africa has been the starting point for the first foreign visit of the Chinese foreign ministers.

This beautiful tradition not only ushers in a new year of foreign exchange, but also shows the priority China gives to Sino-African relations, the deep friendship, and China’s firm support for Africa’s pursuit of strength through unity, development and revitalization.

The eighth ministerial conference of the Forum for Sino-African Cooperation successfully took place in Senegal in November 2021. Chinese President Xi Jinping summed up and crystallized the spirit of Sino-African friendship and cooperation at the meeting, made four proposals for building a Sino-African community with a common future in the new era, and announced nine programs of practical cooperation between China and Africa.

Wang Yi’s visit to Africa is aimed at upholding the spirit of Sino-African friendship and cooperation, continuing the good diplomatic tradition, advancing the implementation of nine programs and building a Sino-African community with a common future in the new era to give new impulses.

During his visit, Wang Yi introduced China’s initiative for peaceful development in the Horn of Africa. These include strengthening intra-regional dialogue to overcome security challenges, accelerating regional revitalization to overcome development challenges, and researching effective ways to overcome governance challenges.

To assist the region in achieving long-term peace and prosperity, China will appoint a Special Envoy for Horn of Africa Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide the necessary assistance to this end.

The Horn of Africa has a unique strategic location and enormous development potential. In recent years, however, there have been repeated conflicts. This phenomenon completely contradicts the interests of the people in the Horn of Africa and should not continue any longer.

Africa’s first modern Chinese standard railroad in Nigeria. / VCG

Africa’s first modern Chinese standard railroad in Nigeria. / VCG

China’s initiative will strongly support the Horn of Africa in responding to the triple challenges of security, development and governance and in achieving long-term stability.

As a constructive partner, China has always advocated the principle that Africans solve African problems in their own way and supports the right of African countries and the African Union to play a leading role in peace and security in the region.

As far as the Horn of Africa is concerned, the countries and people in this region should rid themselves of the geopolitical rivalry between the great powers and resolutely follow the path of unity and self-reliance. By providing advice on an equal footing, the fate of the region should be taken into their own hands.

China adheres to the concept of “development for security”. She also believes that poverty is the cause of instability and that development is the key to solving all problems. It is necessary to promote development through peace and seek peace through development. The causes of the unrest in Africa are economic backwardness, insufficient development and serious poverty problems.

In order to maintain peace and security in Africa, we must adhere to the principle of “development for security” and accelerate poverty reduction and economic development.

With regard to the development in the Horn of Africa, Wang Yi suggested that the two main axes of the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and the Ya-Djibouti Railway should be extended to neighboring countries as soon as possible. Wang also suggested accelerating the development of the Red Sea coast and East African coast in order to establish a regional development framework, accelerate the construction of an industrial and economic belt, promote employment and independent development, and keep pace with the advancement of time keep. It is assumed that all measures will benefit the Horn of Africa.

In 2007 the Chinese government appointed a special envoy for African affairs. The Special Representative has been actively involved in mediation efforts in Africa and has played a constructive role in the continent’s peace and security efforts. The appointment of a special envoy for Horn of Africa affairs will help advance peace and development in the Horn of Africa.

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The Mombasa County government does not rule car dealers and tankers from the CBD https://mombasainfo.com/the-mombasa-county-government-does-not-rule-car-dealers-and-tankers-from-the-cbd/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:43:22 +0000 https://mombasainfo.com/the-mombasa-county-government-does-not-rule-car-dealers-and-tankers-from-the-cbd/

The government of Mombasa County has ordered the motor vehicle and petroleum tanker showrooms operated in the Central Business District (CBD) to relocate to a designated area on the mainland side in Jomvu subdistrict within 30 days.

In a special announcement, Taufiq Balala, the district’s board of directors for transport, infrastructure and public works, warned those who opposed the policy to close their shops.

“All Mombasa Island car dealership and tanker owners are encouraged to move their showrooms within 30 days of the date of this notification. Otherwise, the Mombasa District Government will close the showrooms or parking lots at its own expense without further reference to you, ”added Balala in a statement dated January 7th this year.

The district government believes that the decision to move showrooms and petroleum tankers out of the CBD was aimed at relieving the coastal city and introducing proper planning.

Balala defended his decision by arguing that the county government is legally obliged to move car dealerships and tankers to designated industrial parking lots in Jomvu.

The CEC Toufiq Balala for transport, infrastructure and public works in the Mombasa district in a past press conference in its office.

“According to the District Government Act of 2012, the Urban Area and City Amendment Act of 2019 and the Spatial and Land Use Planning Act of 2019, Part (IV), Section 56, it is the task of the district government to use and develop land and buildings in the interests of the people orderly and orderly development in his area of ​​responsibility, ”he added.

He instructed the dealers affected by the directive to contact the district’s spatial planning offices on 3.approx Floor of the Bima Towers to review the master plan for the showroom and tanker usage.

“The designated area for motor vehicle showrooms and tankers for petroleum tanks in Jomvu is available for viewings, inspections and assignments for such purposes,” continues Balala.

Local residents also complain about the illegal parking of oil tankers in residential areas and on the driveways or hard shoulder, which interferes with the smooth flow of traffic.

He further noted that the proposal to move showrooms and tankers out of the CBD was reflected in the Mombasa Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (ISUDP) 2015-2035, commonly known as Mombasa Vision 2035.

Mombasa County Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works CEC further noted that Section 98 of the Petroleum Act No. 2 of 2019 required county governments to provide secure designated parking spaces reserved exclusively for petroleum tankers for safety, emergency response and Improve arrangements.

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