Storm over Joho firm’s lucrative SGR bulk cargo deal

What you need to know:

  • Grain Bulk Handlers and Autoport Freight Terminals granted huge discounts to move cargo from Mombasa to Nairobi.

  • Giving one player, or a few players, exclusive rights to a national network is courting disaster, the risk of industrial failure if not systemic failures, say analysts.

Uncertainty surrounds the fate of lucrative deals that appear to have been granted to two prominent Mombasa-based private logistics firms, including one linked to the family of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, a near-monopoly in the transportation of bulk cargo over the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

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