Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu addressingjournalists during the inauguration of board members of Bandari Maritime Academy held at Bandari College in Mombasa County.
By Tobby Otum
Maritime and Shipping Principle Secretary Nancy Karigithu said the Seafarers Union of Kenya (SUK) is a validly registered party under the trade unions act.
She insisted the government won’t allow the affairs and welfare of the seafarers to be handled casually.
“The splinter group under the name of Kenya Seafarers Welfare Association [KSWA] was formed as a result of an election despute,” she pointed out.
Karigithu said the government won’t recognize the seafarers’ splinter group under the name of Kenya Seafarers Welfare Association [KSWA] which was formed as a result of an election dispute.
She was speaking during the inauguration of board members of Bandari Maritime Academy held at Bandari Maritime College in Mombasa County.
The PS said she wondered why after the court ruled in favour of the SUK after the election dispute there is still some hulabaloo over the matter.
Karigithu insisted the government will work with validly elected officials of SUK and not busybodies within the seafarers industry in the country.
She refuted claims there is another seafarers body which was registered under the trade unions act apart from SUK.
“There were various attempts to reconstitute the union into one body,” she explained.
The PS said despite the spilt in the union the government manages the wrangling parties to work together,” she pointed out.
She urged the other party to bond with the SUK officials to work as a team denying claims the government has a hidden agenda to throw the rebels out of the industry.
“The welcome views on how to manage the seafarers’ affairs in an open and transparent manner,” she said.
The PS said the government is ready to work with both warring parties to protect the government policy.