By Joseph Lister Nyaringo
This was similar to the famous Moi roadside declarations. It sounded so simple- you fly from north America, land in Uganda or Japan, buy a car and have it cleared duty free upon entry to Kenya. Let Uhuru rally his govt to amend the laws first before we jubilate on Jubilee’s lies.
For heavens’s sake do we even need restrictions on left hand drive vehicles or even the age limits? Are we better than Uganda or Nigeria which has no stringent import restrictions?
We are a mere developing Country which cannot manufacture a needle; leave alone a bicycle tube? Are we better than Uganda and Nigeria which do not impose the age bracket and left hand drive restrictions?
Why should I be prevented from bringing to Kenya my 15 years old pickup truck if itâ€™s in good condition to help carry napier grass for my cows in Kisii? Besides, how many vehicles running on our roads are substandard?
Too much restrictions on imports does not help us since we are merely a developing country. We are down there; decades away to even compete with the industrialised world like Japan, US, France and Germany.
We are behind in research, behind in manufacturing and behind in technology… A young economy should give room for local and foreign investors to trade in an environment of less bureaucracy and more flexibility in the exchange of goods and services.
We need more automobiles on our roads to consume our oil from Turkana, pay tolls, pay insurance premiums, employ our jobless mechanics and drivers as well as transporting goods and services within Kenya and the surrounding regions. The sum total of it all is improved collection of taxes to spur the country’s economy.
No research has been done to show that road accidents in kenya are caused by Left hand drive vehicles. If Uhuru would have promised to rally jubilee to amend this foolish laws, then I would have jubilated. Kenya is behind. We cannot even manufacture a needle. Leave alone a bicycle tube; yet we want to only import newer vehicles to kenya. Total hogwash..