NLC to review LAPSSET land allocation following wrangles

NLC to review LAPSSET land allocation following wrangles

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Ongoing construction at the site of the new building that will house the administrative headquarters for the Kenya Ports Authority. One of the LAPSSET projects. PHOTO/FILE

Lamu, KENYA:The National Lands Commission-NLC shall have all lands allocated to the LAPSSET authority reviewed following constant wrangles over the same.

The authority had been previously allocated 70,000 acres of land by the commission,a move that attracted immense criticism and prompted the move to review the allocation afresh.

Disagreements arose from the Kenya Ports Authority,County government of Lamu,Lapsset itself and a section of the Kililana community who either felt the allocation was too huge or was more than what the project proposal had indicated.

Following lengthy discussions between the NLC,KPA,County government and Ministry of Energy and Petroleum at the KPA hall in Lamu on Monday,it was agreed that only 32,500 acres were available for sharing between all parties since the rest of the acreage was occupied by water.

To that effect, KPA which has previously claimed ownership of the entire parcel, has been directed to quote the acreage required for establishment of port amenities.

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It was also resolved that all partners of the project be given land that shall be managed and administered by the NLC while adhering to the planning regulations of the county government of Lamu.

“We shall review the lands afresh and have each partner quote the amount they want for their business after which recommendation shall follow.We don’t want any other issues to stand in the way of the port progress,”said Swazuri.

Lamu governor Issa Timamy said it was in order for the commission to consult and involve his administration in the matter.

“The County government is the representative of the people of Lamu. Every investor willing to come and invest in Lamu must ensure they obey the rules and regulations by ensuring the county leadership is fully informed,” said Timamy.