Five judges in Mombasa have urged interested parties to seek leave to join a petition against the Kenya Ports Authority within 30 days.
The petition by three Mombasa residents is challenging the decision by KPA to transfer some of its operations to Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.
William Ramogi, Asha Omar and Gerald Kithi are also challenging an agreement between KPA and Kenya Railways to transport the containers through SGR.
They argue the move hurts Mombasa port, the trucking business and costs many jobs.
For years, Coast politicians, especially from Mombasa, have said they should be given power to run the port as it is in their county.
The judges, led by Justice Lydia Achode, said they want to tackle the dispute once and for all and no interested party should be left behind.
The county government of Mombasa, Muhuri and activist Maina Kiai have been enjoined as interested parties.
“We don’t want parties seeking leave to join when the hearing kicks off. We want everyone in so as not to delay the hearing,” the judges said.
The petitioners are supposed to place an advert in a Kenyan newspaper with a nationwide circulation within seven days, informing the public of the petition and calling on anyone interested in joining to seek leave to do so.
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