Lamu, KENYA: Leaders in Lamu want the national government to implement the Resettlement Action Plan-RAP that was formulated following the closure of fishing channels in the Indian ocean as a result of activities at the new Lamu port-LAPSSET.
County leaders also want the government to compensate over 7000 fisher people who have been displaced as a result of dredging activities at the first three berth sites for the Lapsset.
Speaking in Lamu over the weekend,Lamu governor Issa Timamy,his deputy Eric Mugo and woman rep Shakilla Abdalla said commencement of dredging at the sites had greatly disrupted and interfered with fishing in the region.
The leaders said it was important for the government to honor the RAP in order to enable fishermen in Lamu to adapt to the situation.
They have pledged to ensure all affected fisher people get justice in the matter.
“We understand that dredging at the LAPSSET sites has badly affected fishing. We already have people who have turned up to demand compensation on the same.we call upon the national government to please honor the RAP so that at the end of the day everybody is happy,”said Timamy.
The leaders have also called on the government to purchase heavy sea vessels and the necessary accompanying machinery to enable affected fishermen conduct their trade on the deeper, open and more dangerous sea waters.