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November 19, 2018

State committed to Lapsset completion

Lappset director general Sylvestre Kasuku (third left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the port site on Wednesday/ CHETI PRAXIDES
Lappset director general Sylvestre Kasuku (third left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the port site on Wednesday/ CHETI PRAXIDES

The national government has pledged full commitment to complete the Lapsset project.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Lamu on Wednesday and inspected progress at the port site in Kililana, Lamu West.

The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport corridor is a Sh2.5 trillion project.

Uhuru asked the project board to speed up the work, which he said is an economic and trade game changer.

The head of state also met project managers and contractors.

Speaking in Lamu yesterday, project director general Sylvestre Kasuku said Uhuru’s is enough proof of the government’s commitment to the project.

Construction of the first berth is 70 per cent completed. It is expected to be done by December.

The other two will be completed by mid-2020. Lapsset has a total of 32 berths.

Kasuku said Uhuru promised to increase funding to ensure Lapsset is completed on time.

The national government allocated an additional Sh8.9 billion into Lapsset in this year’s budget.

Once completed,the project will open up Lamu and Northern Kenya to more trade and industrial ventures.

Planning of the first four resort cities out of the nine within the corridor is already on course.

The four include Lamu, Garissa, Isiolo and Lodwar. Kasuku said the plan is to ensure groundwork of the first seven cities is done by 2020.

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