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Kenya: Fishermen yet to be compensated for displacement to pave way for port's container terminal

Author: Mathias Ringa, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 1 April 2016

"Fishermen cry foul over SGR compensation delay"

The government is yet to pay 1,700 fishermen from Mombasa County Sh900 million as compensation for land, which was reclaimed from the sea to be used for the standard gauge railway project. According to the county’s Fisheries executive, Anthony Njaramba, the government in 2014 reclaimed 63 acres of land from the Indian Ocean that local fishermen depended on for their livelihoods...

The land was reclaimed to pave the way for the construction of a marshalling yard where 2,000 containers would be kept for the rail project. He said the move deprived the community of fishing grounds which had abundant and valuable species such as lobsters and prawns. The affected fishermen are from Mkupe, Kitanga Juu, Likoni, Mwangala, Mtongwe and Timbwani. “Before the land reclamation, the local fishermen used to reap a windfall from lobster and prawns, among other fish harvests,” [Mr. Njaraba] said. “The fishermen are now living in grinding poverty after losing their fishing areas thanks to the standard gauge railway project.”

 

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