Kenya: Local community's grievances ahead of port commissioning; includes compensation for loss of fishing sites & equitable revenue sharing
Author: Kalume Kazungu, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 2 October 2019
"Residents lay out a list of demands over Lamu Port"
A set of grievances by residents threatening to rock the commissioning of the new Lamu port which has been hailed as an economic game-changer in the region. The Lamu Community Platform has vowed to oppose the new Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project commissioning this month until all grievances by the community are fully addressed...The Lamu Community Platform, a group bringing together various community-based organisations (CBOs) and activists...has expressed concern over the manner in which the government has handled matters touching on the port project.
Addressing journalists at Tushauriane Conference Hall in Lamu Town, the platform members demanded that the national government engages the local community on sharing of resources and allocation of jobs, particularly on all direct and indirect revenue collected from the Lapsset facility. They said a clear formula should be designed so that both the county and the community can get their share of revenue just like the way was done recently in Turkana County.
Lamu Community Platform Spokesperson, who is also the chairman of Save Lamu Organization, Mohamed Abubakar said they want at least 25 percent of revenue from Lapsset once it commences operations to be channelled directly to the county government and the Lamu community. “We’re tired of the injustices that are being done to the people of Lamu. They’ve sidelined us in decision making on issues to do with the Lapsset project. We now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to first meet us before launching the project. We’ve so many grievances that need to be addressed,” Mr Abubakar said.