Lamu port project has denied us cultural rights, fishermen tell court

What you need to know:

  • Mr Mohamed Somo, the Lamu Beach Management Unit chairman said the Lapsset project has destroyed the heritage of Lamu Island, which is a Unesco world heritage site.
  • Mr Somo said the ongoing dredging at the Indian Ocean in Lamu has destroyed mangrove forests, sea grass and coral reefs, which are fish and turtle nesting areas.
  • A marine biologist was among the witnesses in the petition against the Attorney-General, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), National Environment Management Authority (Nema), among other government departments linked to the Lapsset project.

Lamu fishermen on Tuesday told a five-judge bench that the ongoing construction of the multibillion-shilling Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) corridor had violated their rights to cultural life.

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