President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the first berth of the Lamu Port project, signaling the first conclusive steps of bringing to life the LAPPSET corridor. The Lapset corridor is a key project of Kenya’s vision 2030 development roadmap that is set to transform the country into a middle-income economy by the year 2030.
The 32 berth port, once completed, will be one of the largest ports in Africa, and it is expected to form an important transport corridor linking Kenya to Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda as well as easing the movement of goods to these economies.
The Head of State described the launch of the Lamu’s first berth as a “momentous feat.”
The first berth, which is 100 percent complete, is now ready for use. Berth two and three, which are 90 percent and 70 percent complete, will be ready for operations in July and October respectively.
The journey to building the Lamu Port started in 2012, during the administration of then-President Mwai Kibaki. However, immediately after the launch by President Kibaki, the project was delayed for 15 months. It is under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure that the dream of the port was actualized.
“When we started the project, doubting Thomases said it will not be achieved. Today, we are here for a new chapter. The doubting naysayers are now ashamed, ” The president said.
President Kenyatta equated the Lamu Port development to that of the Jomo Kenya International Airport in 1978.
The President said that people doubted his father Jomo Kenyatta when he undertook the project, but today the airport has capacity to handle seven million passengers annually.
He said the Lamu Port will bring a fortune to the residents.
The president told off those who have described the Lamu port project as a white elephant telling them to wait and see how successful the project will be once it comes to live fully.