By Harrison Mbungu
Mombasa - The Kenya ports Authority has partnered with the Kenya wildlife Services to recruit more qualified security personnel who will intensify security operations at the port in a bid to curb illegal poaching in the country.
The ports management has said that approximately KSH 2.3 billion has been set aside to integrate the security system in the port of Mombasa in order to meet the international security standards and create a good environment for trading.
The terror threats in the country, according to the KPA management, needed proper government attention. The port is among the major government parastatals that will greatly be impacted by illegal poaching and terror threats.
Addressing a gathering in a pass out ceremony of the Kenya Ports Authority operatives at Manyani law enforcement academy on Friday afternoon, the Kenya ports Authority Chairman, Danson Mungatana said the officers who graduated will be deployed at the port facility intensify security operations.
“We will allocate more money to the security department to make sure that our port is secure," said Mungatana.
He warned that the traveling advisories being issued to tourists by foreign countries will greatly affect the countries economy as well as the port of Mombasa.
"The travel advisories being issued against Kenya are plans by integrated Western countries to derail our economic growth," he said.
Mungatana added that the port will not and has never allowed poached materials to be transported through the facility warning that severe security measures will be enhanced to block any attempt to to do.
The KWS deputy director, Benjamin Kavu warned that the fight against illegal poaching in the National parks will not be condoned.
In the pass out ceremony, 39 KPA security operatives graduated after a three months training programme.