The Lamu Port South Sudan Ethopia Transport (LAPSSET) initiative was jointly launched by the Kenya, Ethopia and South Sudan governments in March 2012. The mega project consists of infrastructure projects in Isiolo such as Interregional Highways (Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba,Isiolo to Addis Ababa and Lamu to Garsen), Interregional Standard Gauge Railway lines (Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba, Isiolo to Addis Ababa and Nairobi to Isiolo), Crude Oil Pipeline (Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Juba) and Product Oil Pipeline (Lamu to Isiolo, Isiolo to Addis Ababa), 3 International Airports (Lamu, Isiolo, and Lake Turkana) and 3 Resort Cities (Lamu, Isiolo and Lake Turkana).
Hakijamii in the past has engaged with various CSOs, CBOs and community members in Isiolo County on the effects of the LAPSSET project on their economic and socio-cultural rights. In one of the recent past trainings was recommended that Hakijamii should conduct trainings in the outskirts of the town and thus we held a two day sensitization forum in Merti. Merti, a small town on the outskirts of Isiolo town with an estimated population of 6,532 people will be the host town of “Crocodile Jaw” a dam which will be part of the LAPSSET project. Interestingly. Merti has a dark history as one of the fourteen ‘concentration camps’ where locals were detained during the Shifta war.
During the training we shared with the community member’s findings and recommendations from our research report “The tension between human rights and development: The case of LAPSSET in Isiolo County.” The report can be found here: http://www.hakijamii.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Lapsset-report.compressed.pdf