Government fined Sh1.7 billion for Lapsset lapses
SEE ALSO :Uhuru: Lamu Port ready next monthThe judges said the State did not have a plan on how to preserve Lamu Island as a heritage and the culture of its people. Although the judges were of the view that the project was key to the economy, they found that its plans were haphazardly done as they were no consultations with the residents and that the State failed to carry out scientific environmental tests. The case was filed by two fishermen, Mohamed Ali Baadi and Mohamed Somo, who were represented by lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike, Lempaa Soyinka, and Christine Konge. The judges found that consultation should not have ended at the planning stage. “The project proponents failed to adhere to the environmental impact assessment licence, which clearly required that the respondents develop an environmental monitoring and management plan for the first three berths of the proposed Lamu port,” the judges who sat at the Malindi High Court, said. The State was also ordered to come up with a plan for re-planting the mangrove forest after finding that the trees were affected by the dredging.
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