The main components of the LAPSET project will include a road network, a railway network, an oil pipeline network from South Sudan to Lamu, and airports that will be located at Lamu, Isiolo and Lokichogio.
The mega, Sh1.5 trillion Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport project or (LAPSET) was officially launched today at the Lamu Port in a groundbreaking ceremony that was jointly overseen by President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, President Salvar Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
The three leaders stressed that the project will create major business opportunities for the people of Lamu, the countries involved and the larger East African community.President Kibaki reassured the Lamu people that their rights, just like those of other Kenyans, are enshrined in the Kenyan constitution and therefore unalienable. He urged the residents not to allow themselves to be misguided by any people that may be opposed to the project, saying these are just outside forces that do not care about the interests of the people of Lamu.
President Salvar Kiir said the LAPSET project will bring the people of the region together for better quality of life, saying it will create major economic opportunities and employment. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi described the project as historic, saying it is a symbol of brotherhood, respect and excellence in the region. The Prime Minister added that the project will transform the vision of a more integrated African development into a reality.
Also present during the groundbreaking ceremony were Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka plus a number of ministers from the three countries as well as Kenyan parliamentarians and local leaders from Lamu. Odinga reassured Lamu residents that the project will serve their interests, and encouraged them to support it to the end.
The main components of the LAPSET project will include a road network, a railway network, an oil pipeline network from South Sudan to Lamu, and airports that will be located at Lamu, Isiolo and Lokichogio. The railway network will run from Lamu to Isiolo from where one line will branch to Ethiopia and another one to South Sudan. Kenya’s transport minister Amos Kimunya indicated that the project has already received the recognition and support of COMESA, SADDC and the East African Community (EAC).
After completion, Lamu will be transformed into a port city while preserving the Lamu Cultural Heritage site which is about 10km away from the center of the project.