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Hassan Joho's port firms allowed to resume operations

By Patrick Beja | February 4th 2016 at 12:29:17 GMT +0300

A siege on two freight stations associated with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was stopped last evening.

Police announced the Government had allowed the stations to resume the release of cargo to owners after forcibly suspending operations on Tuesday.

Port officials said security forces stormed and abruptly shut the operations of Auto Port and Portside Container Stations on Tuesday so as to complete crucial investigations despite two restraining court orders on the Kenya Ports Authority, and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

Mombasa Port OCPD Zacchaeus Ng’eno, who led Tuesday’s operation, said he was instructed to blockade the stations on “orders from above” to conduct investigations.

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But, operations did not resume yesterday at the stations despite the departure of armed police officers as workers and clients had not been informed about their reopening.

Speaking in his office, Ng’eno declined to divulge details on the nature of investigations carried out or findings of the exercise.

He, however, said the Government would only allow the removal of cargo already in the container freight stations but not new ones to be stored there until issues being pursued by KRA are cleared.

On Tuesday evening, the police defied a court order and stormed the CFSs and cordoned off the area. The High Court had on Monday issued an order suspending a blockade imposed by KRA on Friday last week.

During the raid, police ordered all CFS and KRA staff out of the premises.

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