The Kenya Kwanza Alliance led by Deputy President William Ruto has sensationally claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta has in a secret deal, auctioned the ports of Mombasa, Kisumu, and Lamu.
In a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday, June 29, the Ruto-led outfit alleged that the Treasury CS Ukur Yatani signed the secret deal under the guise of an economic agreement with the United Arab Emirates.
"In a secret deal under the guise of an Economic Cooperation Agreement with the United Arab Emirates, and which epitomises grand corruption; Uhuru has assented to a rip-off that will see a foreign privately registered entity – Dubai Port World FZE – take over these key national infrastructural assets," read part of the statement.
Kenya Kwanza claimed that in the alleged agreement, Kenya would cease the ownership and control of the three ports and supportive infrastructure at the ports.
"Under the ill-disguised Economic Cooperation Agreement supposedly signed on March 1, 2022, by the CS Treasury Ukur Yatani, Kenya will cede ownership and control of not only the three ports but also supporting infrastructure at the ports and in the hinterland. It’s shocking that the Dubai Port will take over the development, operations, management, and expansion of transport logistics service in the Republic of Kenya,” the statement further read.
Kenya Kwanza claimed that the deal was transacted in a meeting in Mombasa which was disguised as Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s birthday.
It further alleged that the meeting was attended by President Kenyatta, Raila, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, and other state officials who were reportedly beneficiaries of the deal.
According to the coalition, the government should have confided to Kenyans why such national strategic assets were being handed to a foreign.
The Ruto-led coalition further stated that the government could have told Kenyans why it was allegedly risking national security in a clandestine deal.
Kenya Kwanza has demanded that the government come clean on who owns the contract company and what interest senior state officers have in the Company.