Uganda: Museveni decries Mombasa port delays
Posted by African Press International on April 9, 2007
By Henry Mukasa
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has named an inter-sectoral committee to find ways of lowering the cost of transporting goods from Mombasa port.
The President noted that it was not good for economic growth when goods take 21 days or more to be transported from Mombasa port to Kampala.
He said a cost-effective solution needs to be found to solve the problem, State House said in a statement.
The statement said the President criticised the finance, planning and economic development for failing to work out a plan to reduce the costs of doing business.
“It (ministry) should change the name from planning to sitting ministry because it has failed to help our people,” Museveni said.
He was meeting the representatives of the private sector at State House, Nakasero on Thursday.
The President convened the meeting to diffuse complaints among traders and manufacturers that the Government had awarded a firm; Great Lakes CFS Limited, a tender and monopoly to build and manage an inland port in Tororo.
The President said the committee to be chaired by the finance state minister, Jachan Omach, would include representatives from the ministries of trade, transport, the Office of the Attorney General and the private sector. It was given one month to submit its report.
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