Saturday, January 28, 2012

Statement from Save Lamu Organisation

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today the Minister of Lands, Orengo and yesterday the PS of Transport, Dr. Cyrus Njiru downplayed the plight of the people of Lamu over the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor. They keep ignoring that Lamu people are not only demanding land rights and are not against the lamu port but asking for transparency, information, consultation, and mitigation for the whole LAPSSET project. And still keep using the old constitution to violate the land rights of the people of Lamu.

Yesterdays comments by Mr. Orengo that the Lamu people are squatters on GOK land so the port must go on since they are squatters on GOK land were therefore very arrogant.... The new constitution clearly states that there is no government land but only Public land. In article 62(2) it says:

"Public land shall vest in and be held by a county government in trust for the people resident in the county, and shall be administered on their behalf by the National Land Commission..."

Since we have no County government yet and their is no National Land commission, they think the land is theirs automatically yet the constitution is very clear that the County government is holding it in trust for US not the GOK. Why can't they wait till we have our county government is in place to start the project? Why an't they rush to create the National Land Comission Bill before tehy carry out the port?? Because they want to steal while they still can just like Kilindini... WAKE UP TO THE REALITY PEOPLE!!

So people of Pwani, people of Kenya, I ask you to wake up to their clear arrogance. They want to marginalize the people of Lamu the same way the people of Mombasa were with the Kilindini port. The same way they took Masaai land and converted it into national parks without benefit-sharing. Today, the Kilindini port is closed and run down after all of them pocketed their own money. And the people of Mombasa... not even a house or title to show for it. The Masaai the same. When will the people of Pwani and Kenya as a whole join forces against this clear oppression? Tumechoka! Nimechoka! The new constitution is very clear. It must be followed!! No excuses. No ifs. No buts!

February 8th, 2012 is the court date for the port case in Malindi ... I say my dear friends, we should show them that while the people of Lamu may be weak, the people of Pwani are a force to reckon with and the people of Kenya are a BIGGER force to reckon with!!

No more corruption, no more oppression... a port but with information, consultation, and mitigation!!

   ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - A Sudanese official says Sudan will immediately release loaded oil tankers it has detained in its port and wants to end a dispute over payments for oil with its neighbor South Sudan.
   Landlocked South Sudan began halting oil production last week after accusing Sudan of stealing $815 million worth of the south's oil and detaining the oil vessels in Port Sudan.
   Sayed al-Khatib, spokesman of Sudan's negotiation team, says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir decided Saturday to "release the vessels detained in Port Sudan as soon as possible".
   Al-Khatib also says Bashir is ready to sign an agreement with South Sudan's president Salva Kiir "by the end of today".

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