Lamu County Commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki on Wednesday called on investors interested in setting up businesses to do so saying the county is currently safe for trade and investment.
Ndambuki said the ongoing major security operation dubbed Linda Boni in the Boni forest has greatly boosted security status and subsequent peace and calm in the region.
He said every corner of the county is now under 24 hour surveillance and that there was no need for any interested investor to shy away from Lamu’s great business, tourism and trade opportunities.
The county commissioner however said there was need for continued cooperation between locals and the security organs in the county in ensuring any worthy information is surrendered to the security.
“I want to assure any investor out there who is interested in setting up base in Lamu that this is by far the safest haven for tourism and trade. Investors who are already here can attest to that. We have a major security operation going on and one that has also worked to boost our security even more” said Ndambuki.
Ndambuki said mega projects like the LAPSSET and the forthcoming Coal fired power plant that are to be established in Lamu soon, would ensure the county’s economy grows and also provide a considerable number of jobs for jobless youths in the county.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Trade stakeholders in the county want the number of police roadblocks on the major Lamu-Garsen road reduced.
The investors complained of many security roadblocks which they say aren’t useful but only slow down movement of passengers to and from Lamu and blamed police of using roadblocks to take bribes from passengers and drivers.
Lamu Tourism Association (LTA) deputy chairman Ghalib Alwy claimed the situation was scaring away many tourists who prefer road transport as they enjoy local sceneries.
“We have some tourists who prefer to come to Lamu by road either in their own personal vehicles or in hired Safari vehicles so that they get a better view of the local scenery. But with abnormally long delays at the many roadblocks, tourists are now treating Lamu suspiciously” said Alwy.