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Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday assured Lamu residents that the government would address their concerns about the multi-billion shilling port project.
Mr Odinga said the government would engage local leaders in talks about the project.
“This is a viable project that will make Lamu a world city. Therefore, we shall sit down with your leaders for an extensive dialogue that will resolve all issues you have raised,” said Mr Odinga when he received a memorandum from local leaders about the project.
The Prime Minister asked leaders in the county to support the project, saying the port would create many jobs for the residents.
“The number of jobless youth will reduce but first to be employed will be those from this county,” he said.
Fisheries minister Amason Kingi, who accompanied the PM during a rally at Kibaki grounds, said the residents were only concerned about the way in which the project was being implemented.
“No one is opposed to the project but leaders and their people are calling for transparency and openness.
“They don’t want to encounter a similar scenario being experienced by Mombasa County residents where outsiders rip the fruits of the Kilindini port at their expense,” Mr Kingi said.
Earlier, Mr Odinga commissioned a Sh30 million ambulance boat purchased by the National Hospital Insurance Fund to provide emergency health services for Lamu county residents.
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