Lamu port on track, first berth set for 2018 completion

Business Daily Kenya:  Sophie Njoka @ PeopleDailyKe Construction of the proposed Lamu port, which is expected to change the face of the is...

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Artisans making the boat in Lamu. They are using plastics and flip flops dumped on the seashore. Photo/HELLEN MUTURI

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Construction of the proposed Lamu port, which is expected to change the face of the island is taking shape, the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority has said.

Director General of the authority, Sylvester Kasuku said construction of the causeway to link up the mainland and the terminals is already underway.

Speaking at the site during a visit by National Lands Commission officials, Kasuku said the vision 2030 project is going to be a game changer towards transforming the region.

The project is a regional infrastructure plan spearheading implementation of integrated infrastructure in Ports, Roads, Railways, Pipelines, Airports and Special Economic Zones in Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with Kenya as the driving force.

Already 70,000 acres have been set aside by government for development of the port and its support investments. Construction of the first three berths is ongoing. Completion timelines are mid 2018 for the first berth and December 2020 for second and third berths.

Construction of the three berths will cost about Sh48 billion. Kasuku said LAPSSET is expected to spur economic development by creating new opportunities and unlocking the latent economic potential covering about 70 per cent of Kenya’s land space in the larger Northern parts of the country.

The programme is the single largest project of its nature in Eastern African and is intended to provide seamless connectivity, enhance trade and logistics within the region by providing an alternative and strategic corridor to serve the landlocked neighbouring countries of Ethiopia and South Sudan.

National Land Commmission chairman Mohammad Swazuri said he was happy with the progress, adding that the commission had played a major role in land acquisition and planning of the project in 2014 having facilitated compensation of property owners.

“Today we are happy to see the progress made despite all the odds and criticism we have received despite following the law in managing the project’s land compensation issues,” he said.

Swazuri said the commission will not be cowed by threats and criticisms but will continue executing its mandate for the benefit of Kenya and the larger East African region.

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