The Star (Nairobi)

5 July 2014

Kenya: Lapsset Head Office Complete

THE Lamu port project headquarters in Kililana area have been completed. Speaking to the Star on phone, the Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Port corridor CEO Sylvester Kasuku said construction ended in June.

Kasuku said despite the county having experienced lots of challenges especially in terms of security, activities at the port site have been going on as scheduled. He lauded the national government for ensuring there was adequate security inside and outside Lamu.

"Despite the Mpeketoni attack, we have been working here at the site, following our laid down schedule. We must realise that the people of Lamu need development and this project is one of their best bets. We are now through with the headquarters and are progressing with the other sections," Kasuku said.

He said Lamu residents and Kenyans should not worry since they are doing their best to ensure the project is completed within a favorable timeline.

Since the Mpeketoni attacks, there have been speculations that the construction activities at the LAPSSET site might come to an indefinite halt considering the fact that many of the casual laborers who have been employed on the project had been staying in Mpeketoni.

A week ago, Kenya Ports Authority chairperson Danson Mungatana announced that all projects launched by KPA in Lamu would go on as planned despite the security flares in the South Coast County.

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