The Sh1.7 billion compensation to the fishermen tormented by construction of the Lamu port has been delayed after they demanded to be paid cash in chubby, going against the agreement that had been reached earlier.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) acting managing director Rashid Salim mentioned the agency had agreed with the officials of the Seaside Administration Unit that 65 percent of the compensation could well maybe be in cash and 35 percent in possess of tools.
Then yet again, this agreement turn out to be turn out to be down with the fishers attempting 100 percent in cash.
Mr Salim mentioned it is miles the authorities’s directive that the fishermen procure compensation in cash and tools, noting that the recipients could well maybe squander the offer if given in cash completely.
“The nationwide authorities cannot conform to pay the fishermen 100 percent in cash due to there could well maybe also mute be a element of sustainability, which can completely be carried out if we give them every cash and tools,” mentioned Mr Salim.
The High Court docket had ordered the authorities to pay Sh1.76 billion in compensation to 4,600 fishermen in Lamu County tormented by the Lapsset challenge in 2018. The fishermen who had supplied environmental consultants to testify within the case filed in 2012 argued that the dredging at the Indian Ocean for the construction of Lamu port had destroyed mangrove forests, sea grass, and coral reefs which will likely be nesting areas for fish and turtled.
This week, fishermen from Lamu accused the authorities of no longer compensating them ahead of the commissioning of the port remaining week and threatened to skedaddle to court to pronounce the delay, accusing the Assert of shortchanging them.
Then yet again, KPA says they possess already bought the money and would launch the compensation within the occasion that they agree on the terms as laid out within the document.
“We are ready to launch the compensation bundle when they follow the agreement that we had reached within the launch,” mentioned the MD.
The Port of Lamu, launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta remaining week, is anticipated to be the largest port in sub-Saharan Africa and could well maybe mute aim countries along the Indian Ocean Islands equivalent to Seychelles and Comoros. The port is a key segment of the broader Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Hall.