• Petitioned H. E. Liu Guangyuan

This petition was delivered to:

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya
H. E. Liu Guangyuan
Head of Mission to Kenya
John Andruga Duku
President of the Republic of South Sudan
H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit
African Development Bank
Zerfu Tessema
President of the Republic of Kenya
Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta
Prime Minister, Ethiopia
H.E Hailemariam Desalegn

Petition to Suspend Plans for the Proposed Lamu Port

    1. Save Lamu
    2. Petition by

      Save Lamu

      Lamu, Kenya

Since 2009, the Government of Kenya (GOK) has expressed plans to undertake a multipurpose transport and communication corridor known as the ‘Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia (LAPSSET) Transport Corridor. LAPSSET will consist of a standard gauge railway line, a port, a super highway, a regional international airport, an ultra-modern tourist resort, an oil pipeline, and a fibre-optic cable be constructed to link Lamu to Juba and Addis Ababa. Through the media, we have found out that the President of Kenya has given the go ahead to initiate the project despite our lack of knowledge of the proposed plans, project feasibility, or environmental impacts.

The plans for the Lamu Port are based on a 1977 feasibility study carried by the then Ministry of Power & Communications. The feasibility study on the Port, financed by China and carried out by Japan Port Consultants of Tokyo in 2010, is yet to be shared with the general public. Despite the community lacking awareness and failing to be consulted, we have learnt that the President of Kenya intends launched the project in March 2, 2012 prior to carrying out an environmental impact assessment to help determine the mitigation plan needed. Considering the fragility of the local ecosystem on which the Lamu communities are highly dependent on, this would be a great oversight on the part of the GOK and the project financers.

Lamu is a region rich in both ecological and cultural diversity, for which has allowed it to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lamu is not only endowed with biodiversity on the mainland, but additionally has some of the richest marine ecology in the Kenyan coastline. Unfortunately, many of the wildlife lie close to proposed Lamu Port site, while coral reefs that are a major tourist attraction in the area are in the heart of the Manda Bay site where the ships would have to sail through to get to the proposed port. The shores are lined with mangrove forests, where fish are known to breed in plenty. Considering that the residents of Lamu are highly dependent on fishing and local tourism as the major livelihood strategies, the Lamu Port, and other proposed projects for the transport and communication corridor, will undoubtedly have insurmountable negative effects on the local communities and environs. It therefore comes as a surprise to us that the GOK and financiers are going ahead with this venture before ensuring that a plan is put in place to reduce the impact on the people and its environs. It is for this reason that a 2010 report by Global Heritage Fund identified Lamu as being "On the Verge" of irreparable loss and damage following development pressure and insufficient management .

Since the plans have been underway for the corridor, the Lamu community have not had any information shared to them to highlight the Lamu port project. Available studies on the project have also not been shared publicly and the GOK has maintained unexplainably high confidentiality. Currently, the plans on the port are being maintained internally whereby individuals to access to the plans are scurrying to obtain land at the proposed development sites. Meanwhile, a large number of the locals remain internally displaced without any title deeds. This will no doubt continue to perpetuate the already highly sensitive nature of land tenure insecurity in the area.

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. The Lamu Port Feasibility Study is the EIA?

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      This post has been created to clarify misinformation given to the Kenyan public and some investors that the feasibility study carried out by the Japanese Port Consultants is equivalent to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the Lamu port. Unfortunately most people do not have the time to read the 400-so pages of the study and take this as matter of fact despite the report itself clearly spelling out that the two are separate.

    3. Blog Post: Indigenous Kenyans Fight for Land Rights

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Check out the blog post from the petition's creator.

    4. Indigenous Kenyans Fight for Land Rights

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      By Sasha Kinney
      Lamu community members have submitted a legal petition arguing that the Government of Kenya (GOK) has violated several sections of the Kenyan constitution with its implementation of the proposed Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia...

    5. PRESS RELEASE: Lamu Residents File Legal Petition on the Multi-Billion Lamu

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      On January 25th, Lamu community members filed a legal petition yesterday at the Milimani Courts in Nairobi arguing that the Government of Kenya (GOK) has violated several sections of the new constitution with its implementation of the proposed Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET)...

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. PRESS RELEASE: Lamu Community Members to Take Legal Action Over The Lack of

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      Supported by over 15 community groups and 1,000 individual community members of Lamu, a coalition of Lamu community groups, supported by Save Lamu, announced that their intention to exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms to demonstrate, picket, petition and follow legal recourse over the Lamu Port South Sudan Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project after the government of Kenya (GOK) failed to address their concerns....

    8. Farms Destroyed in Lamu to Pave way for Lamu Port

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      Today a group of about 25 farmers from the Kililana Farmers Association in Lamu confronted Surveyors from the Ministry Land on the basis of having bull-dozed through their farms to mark the proposed road for the Lamu port.

    9. Press Conference on the Lamu Port – Tues 24 Jan

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      We heard the president is coming to launch the project in February. On Tuesday 24 January, 2012 Save Lamu and its partners in Lamu are planning a press conference to announce our strategy and plans for legal and mass action to suspend the proposed Lamu port until community consultations, land reforms, and an environmental impact assessment is carried out.

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. Kenya bets on Lamu port despite worries

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      By Yara Bayoumy

      LAMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya's ambitions to build a world-class port in its southern Lamu region would have a big payoff but also inflict irrevocable damage on the area's image as a tourist paradise and on the livelihoods of its fishermen....

    12. Save Lamu holds Protest at NEMA and KPA Offices

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      On September 14th, Save Lamu members paraded around Lamu town chanting to demonstrate against the port after learning recently from the media that the government is still pushing full steam ahead prior to making any efforts for consulting the local communities...

    13. Tripartite and IGAD Investment Conference

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      Government still trying to line their pockets instead of hearing our cries!!

    14. Lamu port project is alienating coastal communities from Kenya - East Afric

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      East AfricanLamu port project is alienating coastal communities from KenyaEast AfricanThe project reflected the fact that, as the crow flies, Lamu is closer to the capital than Mombasa. But while the idea appeared to make sense at the time, it certainly does not now — at least not in its present form...

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. Lamu Community Groups Unite in a Coalition to Air Concerns on Lamu Port

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      A coalition of Lamu community groups, known as Save Lamu, held a town meeting on Thursday July 28th, 9:00am at Lamu Fort, to air their concerns and publicly share their stance on the Lamu port plans. Over 100 people attended including key partners.

    17. Reached 100 signatures
    18. The community is not against development. We only want our resource rights!

      Save Lamu
      Petition Organizer

      Government (GOK) officials spoke against the the port plans if land reforms are not addressed. Meanwhile, community members protested and called for caution but were threatened. Two days later, the GOK went ahead with plans without any consideration.

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    Reasons for signing

    • H Simon FRANCE
      • 10 months ago

      The future of Lamu has to be decided by its inhabitants, not by investors thirsty of $$$

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    • Daisy Hooper LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      it shouldnt be ruined it is beautiful

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    • Giulia Sohi-Isolani LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      I am a regular visitor; it would be a shame to see anything damaging ecosystem etc.

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    • Greg Schira NAIROBI, KENYA
      • about 1 year ago

      Ecological and social assessment has not been done. Land is being grabbed around Lamu due to speculation.

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    • ed davey LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I have just returned from Lamu and fear the place will change for the worst if the port is built...

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