Construction of Likoni Special Economic Zones set to kick off

12 February 2019

Construction of the US $30m Special Economic Zones
(SEZs) and the second phase of the Dongo Kundu bypass in Likoni, coast of Kenya
is set to start soon.

Robert Ikegi, a KeNHA consulting engineer for the
Mombasa-Southern bypass confirmed the reports and said construction will
commence as soon as residents affected by the project are fully compensated.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will construct a multi-million dollar
Dongo-Kundu port while the Kenya National Highway
Authority (KenHA)
build the road connecting the SEZ to the second phase of the Dongo Kundu
bypass. Trade and Industrialization ministry is undertaking the
construction of the SEZs which will be built on the 3,000 acres of land.

“The first phase of the compensation for the
affected residents started in December last year. The project is scheduled to
commence soon. Right now the compensation is ongoing and we expect that also to
be completed as soon as possible,” said Robert Ikegi.

The project will consider locals for the more than 1,000 direct and at least 2,000 indirect jobs that are expected to be created as soon as the project begins. Along with resettlement, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was also brought to the table for discussion with those residents expressing concern on the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources that the projects are likely to bring.

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