By Vincent Ng’ethe
Two candidates for governor recently jousted on a local TV station in late May. Mr Johnson Sakaja, who was recently cleared to run for Nairobi governor after a drawn-out vetting process, met Mr Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, who is contesting the governorship of Mombasa County.
Sakaja represents Nairobi County in the Senate, while Nassir represents Mvita, a constituency in the coastal county of Mombasa. Both houses of parliament were recently adjourned until after the election.
Nassir lamented that many “little tiny towns” further inland “from Mombasa all the way to Mtito Andei and onwards” had suffered from a decline in business at the port. The lawmaker also sought to show the significance of transport to the coastal county’s economy. “Twenty-seven percent of Mombasa’s economy is derived from logistics, transport, warehousing,” Nassir said.
The KEG Fact-checking desk looked into whether logistics, transport and warehousing accounts for 27 per cent of Mombasa’s economy.
Gross County Product
We asked the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics what the most recent data was on Mombasa County’s economy. Collins Omondi, the statistics agency’s director of macroeconomics, referred us to the Gross County Product 2021 report.
The Gross County Product 2021 report was launched on 5 May 2022 in Nairobi, the same day that four other reports were launched including the 2022 Economic Survey. It shows that based on 2020 data, the contribution of transport and storage to Mombasa’s economy was 22.3%.
|Transport and storage share of Mombasa County GCP (Current KSh billion)|
|Year||Transport and Storage||Mombasa GCP||Percent|
Source: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
In 2017, transport and storage constituted 27% of Mombasa’s economy, supporting Nassir’s claim. Data from subsequent years has however shown a smaller gross county product, between 22 and 24 per cent.
Mr Nassir’s claim is outdated given that the data used is from 2017, but we do acknowledge the 2019 report was the most recent until the 2021 report was released on 4 May 2022, meaning he cited the most recent data available until that date. He also provided the latest data when we asked. We rate his claim In the Ballpark.