Diesel tuk-tuks for Mombasa ruled out

By: ERNEST CORNEL

Mombasa Transport executive Tawfiq Balala has said no diesel tuk-tuk will ever be registered by the county government.

“Only petrol tuk tuks will be considered for registration,” he said on Friday. Balala said diesel tuk-tuks emit fumes that are hazardous to the environment.

There are around 7,000 tuk-tuk in Mombasa. He refused to lift a ban on the registration of new tuk-tuks, saying only Governor Hassan Joho can do that.

He said protocol bars him from lifting the ban. Balala said diesel tuk-tuks will not be registered even if the ban is lifted.

County Assembly Transport Committee chairman Murfad Amur said Balala is responsible for the feud and he should not blame Joho.

“The governor did not ban the registration of new tuk-tuks. It was the executive,” Amur told the assembly on Thursday. Amur is the Old Town MCA.

Balala has insisted he will not make a move until he receives a directive from the governor’s office.

In response to a letter sent to him by the assembly concerning the ban, Balala said: “My department did receive your earlier communication, which was forwarded to the governor’s office as per his request and instruction.”

“I did call the governor’s office to remind him of the document regarding the tuk tuk freeze but he instructed me to wait for direction from his office,” Balala said in a letter to majority leader Abdalla Kasagamba.

The assembly gave the executive 15 days to lift the ban. “The decision of this house must be respected,” speaker Thadius Rajwayi said.