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Kenya: Fishermen threaten to disrupt Lamu Port opening over Sh1.7 bn compensation by Kalume Kazungu May 11,2021   |  Source: Daily Nation

Fishermen affected by the dredging activities at the new Lamu Port in Kenya have threatened to disrupt the commissioning of the port slated for May 30 this year.

The fishermen accused the government of failing to pay them Sh1.76 billion in compensation.

Led by their Beach Management Units (BMU) representatives, the fishermen issued a 14-day ultimatum for the government to resolve the matter lest they hold protests.

BMU networks chairman Mohamed Somo alleged the project has been marred by many injustices, particularly failure to compensate the local fishermen.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to commission the port on May 30.

"We hereby put it on record that we will oppose the plan by the state to open the Lamu Port until the court order to have the Lamu fishermen affected by Lapsset compensated is effected. As Lamu fishermen and BMUs, we strongly urge the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to ensure the Sh1.76 billion compensation owed is fully distributed to us before the Lamu Port is launched," said Mr Somo.

In May 2018, the Malindi High Court awarded the compensation package of Sh1.76 billion to the Lamu fishermen after they were displaced by the new port at Kililana.

The 4,734 fishermen had sought legal redress, arguing that they would no longer be able to carry

 

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