Tuesday April 9, 2019 - Deputy President William Ruto has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to order the release of goods worth billions of shillings impounded by Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
Importers and Small Traders Association of Kenya (ISTA) said more than 600 containers were being held at the port and Kenya Ports Authority’s Inland Depot in Nairobi.
Majority of those importers are from Gikomba, River Road and Eastleigh .
Speaking on Sunday at Dagoretti market after attending a Sunday Service at AIPCA Church Riruta Satellite, Ruto said that the crackdown by a multi-agency team on illicit goods and tax cheats had crippled small scale traders and now action must be taken to salvage them.
“There is no way Kenya can forge ahead if the youths are left behind.”
“There are many youths engaged in different forms of businesses, from hawking to boda boda.”
“As government, we have said the goods should be released and traders allowed to do their business,” Ruto said.
Ruto said he will sit down with the President and see how the goods are released to the traders.
The Kenyan DAILY POST