Kibaki launches Lamu Port project
05 March 2012, 14:10
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President Mwai Kibaki has assured residents of Lamu that they will not loose their land as claimed and that their issues shall be addressed according to the law of the country.
Kibaki who led two other heads of states from Ethiopia and Southern Sudan to the official launch the multi-billion Lamu Port project said any land belonging to the locals that will be used in the Lamu port project will be compensated.
“I am assuring to you that all concerns and issues that you people are raising will be addressed in accordance to the law of the land and you must be informed that no locals' land will be taken for free,” he said.
Regional economic development
The project, he noted will see economic development in Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Africa at large and urged locals to support the project.
Apart from economic developments in African countries, Lamu Port project, Kibaki said it will also open up international market and especially to the landlocked countries.
About 167 million people, he said will be employed from the region and that peace and stability will be created amongst communities in the area.
Kibaki also added that a technical school will be opened up in the area that will train locals about maritime activities.
He said the project aims at forming a transformation in the transport sector, which he added was in the Kenya Development Plan attributing it as an important milestone in the development agenda.
President Kibaki however criticized civil societies opposing the launching of the project saying they were being incited by Europeans who had not assisted the locals with anything since independence.
“These people before they oppose the Port project they should show you what they have done for the communities here instead of inciting you to oppose a project that will eliminate poverty by creating job opportunities for communities in the region,” he noted.
He was accompanied by Southern Sudan president, Salva Kiir, Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Vice President Kalonzo and Prime Minister Raila Odinga among other prominent leaders.
Salva Kiir, Southern Sudan President said current transport problems in his country will be alleviated as the project will improve living standards of his people.
Kiir went on to add that food products were not affordable for some of his people in Southern Sudan due to expenses incurred during transportation which are passed on to the final consumer.
“Lamu port project will assist us mostly because transportation of products to our country through modern railway and oil through new pipe line will be cheap. I must thank President Kibaki and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for coming together and partnering in the project which will bring unity among other things in the region,” he said.
Kiir also noted that many employment opportunities will be created as well as partnership by the three nations which will create regional stability.
Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said poor transport system in the region will be improved as well as creating opportunities within the LAPSET corridor.
“Developments opportunities will be opened up within the Corridor as well as improvement of the current poor transport system in the region will be improved,” he asserted.
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