Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone project set to begin
Mombasa – April 5,2022
Leaders in Mombasa County have
today voiced unanimous support for the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for Dongo
Kundu residents ahead of the construction of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ)
Speaking at ACK Likoni on
Tuesday, during a consultative meeting for higher level and local leaders,
Mombasa County Commissioner Mr. John Otieno, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, and members
of the Mombasa County Assembly expressed satisfaction towards the compensation
Mombasa County Commissioner Mr. John Otieno addressing the meeting.
“Resettlement is usually not
an easy process but from what I have seen, this is a real win-win situation.
The way this RAP has been done shows that you are ready to proceed with the
project and as the government we will support you to ensure the success of the
project,” said the County Commissioner.
Describing the Dongo Kundu
SEZ as one of the government’s flagship projects and critical in terms of
creating employment opportunities, Mr. Otieno urged the Kenya Ports Authority
and other implementing agencies to move with speed for the project to be
launched by August this year.
“Leaders need to work
together and speak with one voice for the project to be implemented in time. Due
process, involvement of all stakeholders and meeting timelines is critical in
project implementation because when timelines are not met then the project cost
also goes high,” he added.
The County Commissioner called
for proper and thorough validation of lists for compensation purposes to ensure
those who deserve to be compensated are not left out.
He appealed to all leaders
to embrace the project terming it a gamechanger for the region.
On her part, Likoni MP Hon.
Mishi Mboko said she was delighted because the RAP had demonstrated a lasting solution
for compensation of all the affected persons.
Likoni MP Hon. Mishi Mboko speaking.
“Resettlement is the main
issue for the SEZ program to begin and I am therefore very happy that we have a
solution on this matter. I really thank the government for being humane,” said
She expressed optimism on
the mega project saying it would create thousands of job opportunities for youths.
“I want to also appreciate
that this process has been consultative from the very beginning, and I can
confidently say that all stakeholders have been involved in public participation
as per the requirements of the Constitution of Kenya 2010,” said the MP.
Members of the Mombasa County
Assembly who expressed their support during
the meeting are; Mwaka Bakari (Timbwani), Athman Rama Mwamwiri (Likoni), Hamisi
Musa (Mtongwe) and Mwaka Zahora (Nominated).
The Strategic Environmental
Assessment (SEA) of 2014 identified displacement of people from land and
residences to be a potentially severe impact in developing the Mombasa Special
During today’s meeting the
leaders were informed that 1,648 claimants will be resettled after 357 acres
have been earmarked for internal resettlement. Those to be compensated are from
Dongo Kundu, Mwangala, Mrongondoni, Kaya Mtongwe, Mbuta and Siji villages.
The RAP also has a compensation
component for potential displacement impact on structures including residential,
commercial, non-residential, agricultural, religious, institutional,
educational, storage, cultural and security buildings as well as water related
structures among others totaling 2,585 structures.
KPA developed the compensation
framework with support of JICA, following the recommendation of the National
Land Commission (NLC) that the government identifies a solution to the land
The compensation policy was
submitted to and approved by the cabinet.
Addressing the meeting, KPA’s
Head of Projects Eng. Kennedy Nyaga assured the stakeholders of the Authority’s
commitment in ensuring the successful implementation of the project within the shortest
In the country’s economic
blueprint Kenya Vision 2030, the creation of Special Economic Zones in Mombasa,
Lamu and Kisumu were identified as part of economic drivers to the economic
Dongo Kundu area, was identified
as ideal for the development of the Mombasa Special Economic Zone.
KPA has scheduled a series
of meetings with various stakeholders from Tuesday 5th April 2022 to
Monday 25th April 2022 with the following objectives; to disclose
the compensation framework developed for mitigation of displacement impact in
the Mombasa Special Economic Zone (Dongo Kundu) area, to provide a highlight of
projects proposed for the Mombasa Special Economic Zone and to seek the
guidance/support of leaders towards the implementation of the compensation framework
for Mombasa Special Economic Zone.