Our factsheet series breaks down the facts and figures behind some of the most pressing issues facing the Coast region. 


Container Terminal 2

The Government of Kenya is attempting to privatise the Port of Mombasa’s Container Terminal 2 (CT2), by handing it over in a secret deal to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) which is 47% owned by the Italian-owned Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).


The SGR Cargo Directive

In August 2019, the Kenyan Government issued a directive requiring all cargo arriving at the Port of Mombasa be transported to Nairobi via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). It also effectively shifted all clearing and forwarding operations to the Nairobi Inland Container Depot, bypassing Mombasa. The directive has been devastating for Mombasa, whose economy relies heavily on the Port. Thousands of truck owners and drivers are no longer needed to haul cargo. Hundreds of clearing and forwarding firms have packed up and moved to Nairobi or wound up. Many local container freight stations now sit empty.


About Okoa Mombasa

Okoa Mombasa is a coalition of workers’ unions, businesses, professional associations, civil society organisations and others who have come together out of concern for the livelihoods and wellbeing of the residents of Mombasa. Above all, we are committed to ensuring local participation in decisions that affect the use of local resources.

This factsheet provides an overview of our values, our principles and our current initiatives. 


COVID-19 & Old Town Mombasa

Upon request by Old Town residents, Okoa Mombasa and MUHURI conducted a survey of Old Town residents to document their perceptions on the impact of the lockdown, including in relation to the provision of basic needs. Over four days in June 2020, a questionnaire was circulated by about 30 volunteer youth from Old Town. Approximately 1015 responses were received to the questionnaire. This factsheet summarizes the findings. The full report can be read here.