SHIMANZI LAND RECLAMATION
On 23rd November 2018 the Wavuvi Association of Kenya (WAKE) and HAKI Africa raised an alarm over the worsening environmental and safety situation at the Shimanzi/Tudor causeway. We had watched as the problem moved from bad to worse and more so in recent times despite the heightened awareness about the environmental degradation in the area. To our dismay, we were still receiving reports of dumping in the area and further land reclamation from the sea. The result of all these is untold suffering for fishermen in the area and destruction of the environment to the detriment of local communities and the people of Kenya at large.
During the protest held by the fishermen we called upon the county government, NEMA and the national government, to immediately intervene and ensure the deteriorating situation is salvaged in order to save the fishermen from dying and losing their livelihoods. To begin with, we a called on the authorities to immediately stop any further dumping and land reclamation in the area. We further called on the government chemist to test the waters in the area and fish found here to determine whether they are poisonous to human. Lastly, we called on the authorities to hold all the companies responsible for the situation and demand that they compensate the fishermen for their loss of livelihoods.