Kenya: Pay Landowners First Before Building Port, Says MP

A nominated MP has urged the government to compensate the thousands of people who will be displaced at Hindi Magogoni to make way for the construction of Lamu port.

ODM-Kenya’s Shakila Abdallah said the proposed multi-billion shilling port will displace people yet the government had not spelt out how they will be compensated or whether they will get alternative land.

“The government should address all our concerns and stop assuming that this project has the consent of our people,” she said.

The MP was speaking in Lamu Fort over the weekend during a voter education forum for women in political parties funded by United States International Aid Agency (USAID).

She suggested that before the construction of the port, residents of Lamu should be given title deeds for new parcels of land.

And in case the government wants to buy the property through compulsory acquisition, the affected should be paid before they vacate.

“We do not want the project to create another set of internally displaced persons,” said the MP.

Ms Abdallah claimed that the Environmental Impact Assessment Report on the effects of the proposed port had not been publicly released yet the government wanted to go ahead with the construction.

The Lamu project is part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 plan.

Daily Nation

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