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Pay Lamu project victims, state told

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY ALPHONCE GARI

Lamu county leaders yesterday issued a one-and-a-half-month notice to the national government to start compensating residents affected by the multi-billion Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport corridor.

Led by the county women's representative Shakila Abdalla, the leaders said the process has taken too long and has caused tension among beneficiaries.

Speaking to journalists in Malindi, she said the affected residents had planned to stage mass demonstrations to protest the delay before they were stopped by MPs who asked them to follow the law.

Abdalla said the victims should be compensated in accordance with the value of the affected land regardless of whether they have legal documents.

“We had to intervene and stop the locals from demonstrating against the delay in compensating for their land taken for setting up the Lapsset project. The government should compensate the residents to avoid further tension,’’ she said.

She said they have approached the National Land Commission which has asked for two months. The Lamu women's representative said the government should first adjudicate on the land to ensure land owners are compensated in accordance with the current value.

During the official launch of the Lapsset project in March last year, former President Mwai Kibaki, former Ethiopian Prime Minister, the late Meles Zenawi and Southern Sudan president Salva Kiir, said those affected by the project would be compensated for the land which will be used. But Abdalla said no action has been taken.