MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
announced Saturday the formation of the special police unit to
deal with corruption and drug trafficking to help stamp out the
two vices at the regional port.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Joseph Bonnet to immediately
set up the independent unit.
The president said corruption and smuggling of drugs through
the port of Mombasa is threatening the existence of the port
that is key to growth of the country’s economy.
He said the port’s management should restore the reputation
of the port, which has consistently been accused of corruption
and being a conduit for trafficking.
Kenyatta said businessmen are colluding with police, Kenya
Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)
officials to divert containers from the port and transit cargo.
He said the government will deal firmly with corrupt
government and parastatal officials operating cartels at the
port that has cost the taxman million in revenue losses.