The stakeholder’s forum on engagement for the preparation of a preliminary master plan for Lamu Port City and investment framework took a twist after leaders and the Lamu people claimed that they have been side line by the authority.
The forum which was held at Mwanaarafa hall yesterday brought together Lamu political leaders, Lamu community and the representative from the Lapsset authority.
The project will involve the following components:
- Construction of a port at Manda Bay
- Lamu Standard gauge railway line to Juba and Addis Ababa the South Sudanese and Ethiopian capitals respectively
- Road network
- Oil pipelines (South Sudan and Ethiopia)
- Oil refinery at Bargoni
- Three air ports and three resort cities (Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana shores)
From left Chief of staff Mohamed Bute,Lamu East MP Hon. Shariff Athman ,CEC Lands Fahima Araft and Mkomani ward representative Yahya Basode following the presentation of Preliminary Master Plan for Lamu port at Mwanaarafa hall
People were concerned with the way things are done without their knowledge. A number of issues were raised include the promise by former president Mwai Kibaki to provide 1000 scholarship for the Lamu youth which they claimed only 400 students have been listed so far.
On fishing,which is a source of lively hood for many people in Lamu disagreed on the closing of Mkanda channel or be forced to wait for one hour for the big vessel to pass. Also, the fisherman asked the Lapsset authority to compensate them in cash in oppose to the plan to buy for them fishing equipment.
On employment, the claimed people from outside the county are recruited for the job. On the other hands, the farmers from Witu asked the authority to compensate them for their land that the road and railway will pass on. On responding to the issue an expert assured the people of Lamu that Mkanda channel will not be closed. Also, he said in the next few months they will set up the office in Lamu so that people can access the
On her side CEC for land in Lamu County, Fahima Arafat assured the congregation that the executive and the Lamu county assembly will work for hand in hand to make sure that the Lamu people get their right. She also proposed to the authority that they should conduct public participation forum inward level in order to reach the common mwananchi in the grass root level.
Waziri wa uvuvi,mifugo na maendeleo ya ushirika kaunti ya Lamu Abdu Godana ameongoza shughuli ya kusafisha ufuo wa bahari ya kaunti hii alasiri ya leo. Godana akiwa na mafisa wengine kutoka idara hiyo pamoja na naibu wa kamishna wa kaunti ya Lamu Philip Oloo na baadhi ya wakaazi wa Lamu wengi wao wakiwa wavuvi waliojitolea waliweza kuokota taka nyingi katika ufuo huo wa bahari zikiwemo plastiki na mifuko. Akiongea na wanahabari Godana ametoa wito kwa wakaazi wa Lamu kutotupa taka kiholela baharini. Shughuli hii imefanyika mbele ya mashindano ya uvuvi hapo kesho.
Mokowe residents can now put a smile to their face after H.E Governor assured them of bringing clean water to the area, H.E Fahim Yassin Twaha said that Water will be pumped from matondoni all the way to mokowe town hindi ward.
while addressing the residents during Jamuhuri day at Mokowe primary school, the Governor said that his government will set aside ksh. 60 million for bursary, beef up security, create more jobs opportunities to the youths, and hire more specialist in county and sub-county hospitals.
He also urged the community to join hand with the government in taking the county ahead.