The Lamu Youth Assembly has officially written to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Lamu County Assembly Speaker Abdukassim Ahmed demanding a fair share of Lamu port job opportunities.
The Lamu Youth Assembly President Habib Ali Shee said Lamu youth are qualified for the jobs and they should not be discriminated against.
Speaking in Lamu, Mr. Shee said the multi-billion project expected to be commissioned by President Kenyatta on Thursday, 20, 2021 should prioritize the Lamu community instead of discriminating them it all the jobs and other economic opportunities from the project.
Shee said there are signs of the Lamu community being sidelined in the LAPSSET projects in the name of being unqualified.
“You cannot initiate such a major international project and ignore the immediate communities surrounding it, we will not accept that,” he told Journalists.
He revealed that already Lamu County Assembly Speaker Mr. Ahmed has received the letter and assured the youth leaders of a meeting.
“However, there is no reply from the President, though we will ensure we hand to him our grievances when he comes to commission the mega-project this week,” revealed Mr. Shee.
He said the Lamu community is not relenting in its demand for various job opportunities in the LAPSSET project.
His sentiments were backed up by the Lamu Youth Assembly majority leader and Human rights activist Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed who said that the Lamu community and especially the youth have suffered for long and it is now their time to reap from the resource.
[Lamu Youth Assembly Majority Leader and Human rights defender Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Mr. Ahmed said though they were promised adequate training so that they directly benefit from the port jobs, only a few were trained with many taking steps on their own, registering in various higher learning institutions and they are now more qualified for the jobs.
“We need employment at Lamu port and that remains our core demand when the project is officially launched on Thursday,” he reiterated.
On Monday, various stakeholders and community leaders were taken through a tour of the LAPSSET project for the first time and they raised their many demands to Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia ahead of the commissioning on Thursday.