Is Mombasa Port a safe haven for licit trade? An assessment of governance-related vulnerability to illicit activities


Poor governance issues have exposed the Mombasa Port to a major spate of transnational organised crime. Located along the east coast of Africa, the port has been undergoing rapid expansion and modernisation over the last decade, with improvements designed to bolster its efficiency. But patronage by politically connected individuals aimed at influencing key management decisions at the state-owned port have hobbled the changes and left the port vulnerable to criminal networks operating with minimal risk.

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Deo Gumba, ENACT Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for East Africa, has carried out policy research and published on a wide range of issues related to security and transnational organised crime.

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