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Salt sector holds multisector forum
The Salt sector held a multisector meeting in Kilifi attended by various stakeholders including Community Based organizations, the private sector and Government agencies,
Speaking during the meeting KAM Salt Sector officer Eunice Mwanyallo, mentioned that there is need to have dialogue between all parties so as to have peaceful co-existence and that Government participation is key in achieving this agenda.
The main objective of this forum is to enhance joint solution and greater collaboration among various stakeholders. I appreciate National and County Governments’ representation and we look forward to your support of monthly meetings in the next 12 months,” said Eunice.
The stakeholders present were taken through details, of historical, injustices and how locals in the Coast regions were dispossessed of their land by subsequent Governments up to Independence by Eunice Adhiambo of Ujamaa.
“Injustice includes gross violation of human rights, environmental degradation, labour related issues as well as health issues,” said Eunice.
However it was noted that most of these injustices mentioned are yet to be proved due to lack of research.
“There have been court cases both from the community as well as the salt companies, and this is not a viable solution since it creates bad blood between the two parties. We have to solve issues amicably with the future in mind,” added Adhiambo .
Stakeholders present were briefed on the progress made since the time His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the region and ordered for investigations on the circumstances on the ground through the office of Regional Coordinator.
Stakeholders were informed that there is a need to reflect on the future since perpetrators of historical injustices may not be alive to resolve them; hence the newly commissioned Taskforce on Historical injustices should assist this process on issues of land.
Compliance by companies through the guidance of KAM will ensure global standards are met on human rights, environment preservation, labour and health issues.
Stakeholders were also urged to embrace conflict resolution through dialogue instead of the court process.
Speaking during the forum the Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Karani, said that the road to Robinson Island which was crucial to providing security to the beach population has been blocked by illegal salt harvesters. “It’s necessary to evict them from that particular road,” he said.
Mr. Godfrey Wafula of NEMA reported that dialogue enhancement through the office of the Regional coordinator has worked very well and salt companies have been advised on usage of alternative source of fuel instead of firewood. He further indicated that some of the salt companies have contracted some farmers to plant trees on their behalf.
“Some companies have presented their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports and were allowed to return water passage to its original course, this is very positive progress,” said Wafula.
Stakeholders from both sides agreed that any intention to expand should be preceded by submission EIA reports by all companies to NEMA. All applications for cutting trees will be submitted to Kenya Forest Service for approval.
Mombasa Traffic lights reinstalled
Mombasa County Government has restored traffic lights that had not been working for a long time. The rehabilitation of the traffic lights is one major achievement among the issues that key stakeholders had raised during the last Governors Round table, held in August 2013.
The areas that needed the traffic lights installed were Saba Saba junction, Kingorani, and Buxton area. The installation of the traffic lights has eased flow of traffic in the Central Business District and brought some sanity on the road.