Lamu Governor oppose NLC over allocation of 29000 hectares to Lapsset

Lamu county government has opposed a plan by National Land Commission(NLC) to allocate an additional 29,000 hectares of land to the Lamu Port South Sudan Transport Corridor(LAPSSET).

Governor Issa Timamy termed the move as unconstitutional saying the land management agency has  mandate  of allocating the public land to any investors without consulting his government.

Speaking in Witu trading center Thursday, when he laid foundation stone for the construction of new theater at the local health center, Mr Timamy warned that the county government could be headed to the High Court to challenge the decision.

He asked NLC to rescind the plan and consider engaging his administration to resolve the issue amicably before its gets out of hand.

“We have a letter from NLC informing us of their unilateral action to allocate 28300 hectares of land to LAPSSET authority. As the county government, we have not be consulted as the law requires,” He said.

“Whereas we are  the custodian of public land in our county, on behalf of our people, NLC has a constitutional role of management that same land but it cannot do anything with it(land) without our involvement,”

Mr Timamy further said the land in question belong to thousands of people with title deeds adding that the land agency of not verified whether they will be compensated or offered an alternative land.

He announced that he will soon call for a meeting of Lamu county leadership to discuss the issue in depth before declaring their official position on the matter.

” I will have to meet fellow leaders so that we discuss this issue seriously. We have to be united and speak as a team for the sake of our people,” added Mr Timamy.

The Governor dismissed as baseless claim by NLC that the land was not occupied before the coming of the constitution.

Mr Timamy argued that the land owners genuinely obtained the title deeds for the land and the county government will stand by them.

He however, said his decision to opposition alienation of such huge chunk of land and given to LAPSSET should not be misconstrued that his administration is against Lamu port project and related infrastructural developments.

“LAPSSET is a vital flagship project that the county government shall support it hundred percent but we are calling that the law be followed accordingly,” he stressed.

 

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