The Star (Nairobi)

29 January 2013

Kenya: Jubilee Promises a Free Mombasa Port

THE Jubilee Alliance has promised to transform Mombasa port into a free port to create more jobs for the youth and improve the economy.

This means imported goods will be stored duty-free as they await further exportation or entry into the country.

"The Rwandese, for instance, will not go to Dubai to import their goods. The Jubilee government will establish another Dubai through the free port. This will create jobs for our youths," said the alliance's flagbearer Uhuru Kenyatta.

Uhuru and his running mate William Ruto were campaigning at Changamwe in Mombasa at the weekend."We shall capitalise on the local and regional market," Uhuru added.

Ruto said Jubilee is working on a formula to increase the number of tourists from one to five million annually to compete with countries with high numbers such as France, Malaysia and England.

However, this will only be achieved if security is addressed, he added.

"We have a concrete plan to improve security at the Coast to enhance more tourism arrivals. We have to hit the five-million mark up from one million so that our youth can get employed in the hotels," said Ruto.

Ruto warned drugs baron that "their days are numbered".

"We have a few known individuals that are engaged in the drugtrafficking in this county. They have till March 4. When we take over they will have to look for another country," he said.

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