In Summary
  • Mr Hussein said farming activities were also posing a challenge to the existence of ruins such as Takwa, Shanga, Manda and Siyu.

  • Mr Hussein said that preserving the sites was a challenge due to squatters in the region.

The Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project is a threat to key archaeological sites and monuments in Lamu County, the National Museums of Kenya has said.

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) said that many of the archaeological sites and monuments, especially those in the mainland areas of Lamu, are on the verge of extinction due to the development at the LAPSSET site.

MONUMENTS

Speaking to the Nation on Wednesday, Coast Region Assistant Director in charge of Sites and Monuments Athman Hussein said that monitoring the archaeological sites and monuments in the region had become a challenge, many of them being in remote areas far away from Lamu Old Town.

Lamu Fort

A view of Lamu Fort, one of the old and historical buildings in Lamu County. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Hussein said despite efforts by NMK in and the Lamu County government to secure the sites, many people, including private developers, were still targeting the sites to undertake development.

He cited Pate ruins in Lamu East as the worst affected in the ongoing encroachment.

CHALLENGE

Mr Hussein said farming activities were also posing a challenge to the existence of ruins such as Takwa, Shanga, Manda and Siyu.

He said they had already secured little funding that would help in protecting and preserving the Lamu sites and monuments.

He, however, appealed for more funding from the government and other development partners to help fence off the vulnerable sites and monuments so as protect them from land grabbers.

Lapsset

Ongoing construction at the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“Various surveys on the Lamu sites and monuments have already been undertaken but unfortunately, no title deed has so far been issued. We are appealing to the National Land Commission (NLC) to issue title deeds for those sites and monuments to protect them from encroachers,” said Mr Hussein.

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