Hon. Issa Abdalla Timamy, Governor Lamu County
Governor Issa Timamy is a lawyer by profession. Prior to his election as the Governor of Lamu, he served as the chairman of the National Museums of Kenya. He was elected on a UDF party ticket.
Early Career and Education
Timamy first practiced law as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya- admitted on 15th October,1984. He is a member of Law Society of Kenya. He is also a member of Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. He worked as legal assistant at Kaplan & Stratton, Advocates. He also worked at Group Company Secretary Sameer Investments Limited.
Timamy graduated from University of Nairobi in 1983 and Kenya School of Law in 1984.
Lamu County holds some of the richest natural sources in Kenya such as marine, forests, and wildlife. These abundant resources accompanied by a unique culture and one of the oldest sites and monuments in the region has put Lamu on the world map as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This makes Lamu an optimal tourism destination and provides ample investment opportunities. As we commence a new leadership and direction for the county through devolution, these resources present us with vast opportunities which we aim to fully capitalize on. Since the region has remained remote and underdeveloped for decades, there is a wide space available for innovation. From infrastructure to population services, our government is able to creatively develop Lamu by having a blank template for ideas.
To tap into the resources present in our county, my Government has prioritized the provision of quality health and education, economic empowerment; improving access to water; strengthening of infrastructure, fostering sustainable local livelihoods such as fishing, livestock keeping and agriculture; improving sanitation; preserving heritage and developing the tourism industry; and promoting peace, harmony and coexistence in the county. The lack of essential services and poor infrastructure has long stagnated the economy in the county. We therefore have made the provision of these services a priority and wish to offer the opportunity to investors interested in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements for the provision of the same.
With a large population of unemployed youth, there is a ready workforce in Lamu that are bound to contribute to and benefit from industrial development. While Lamu currently has less than five kilometers of tarmac road, we anticipate that with the construction of the Lamu Port, South- Sudan Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor, Lamu will have a major transformation. The project will provide modern transport infrastructure including a port, roads, railway lines and an international airport which will undoubtedly provide a suitable business environment for our county. Lamu has also recently been identified as a potential source of wind and gas energy. This sector provides a unique opportunity for Lamu to redefine itself as the hub of the north coast of Kenya. As we await LAPSSET, the County government of Lamu has taken upon itself the duty of identifying investors to improve the existing Malindi-Lamu road to ease transportation difficulties for the people of Lamu.
With the new infrastructure, we expect emerging opportunities in local, regional and international trade. To facilitate this, the county will establish policies that attract investors and encourage both import and export business within Eastern Africa and international markets. Considering that a majority of Lamu residents are dependent on nature-based industries such as fishing, farming, hunting and gathering, and pastoralism, we aim to work closely with the national government and investors to ensure that while investments are promoted in Lamu, nature-based industries are also protected and promoted. To do that, experts and companies that are able to provide eco-friendly and sustainable solutions such as mitigation planning, green energy, eco-tourism, recycling, livelihood diversification, and others are also welcome to put Lamu on the map as having the greenest economy in Kenya.
Unfortunately for many decades, Lamu has been left disenfranchised with local communities being considered as squatters in their ancestral land. This has historically made Lamu prone to land grabbing and un-procedural allocations. To solve this, we aim to partner with the National Land Commission to ensure that our public and communal lands are well managed. We will also work closely with the Ministry of Lands to also ensure that issuing of individual land rights in Lamu is carried out in a transparent process that ensures all parties concerned are fairly settled. Through this, we will aptly be able to undertake land use planning and see through our integrated development plan. The establishment of the measures we have laid out in our manifesto will ensure that we sustainably and fairly utilize the resources available in Lamu to support investments but also ensure that the investments directly benefit the people of Lamu. With that, I wish to welcome tourists, and potential investors to not only come to Lamu to marvel at the picturesque magnificence of our county, but also partner with us and put us on the map as the most successful green economy in Africa .