Sand Harvesting Dredgers ‘Chased Away’ In Diani Beach


Diani beach stakeholders peacefully chased away the dredger destroying our beach. Say no to illegal sand harvesting.

Many residents said however that  they had no issue with the dredging stating that it was legalized by the government.

Others however have said that the dredging would lead to loss of livelihood.

Kwale county through Land CEC Saumu Leja had opposed sand harvesting in Diani stating that the process would affect on Marine life.

“We have written to Nema and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to stop the harvesting of sand,” Land CEC Beja said.

He said that the Kenya Ports Authority(KPA) had not consulted them before commencement of the sand harvesting from Kwale county. The sand is being used for construction of the second phase of, and expansion of Mombasa’s second container terminal at Kilindini Harbour.

Hoteliers have also stated that the dredging would be harmful to the ecosystem and would lead to the destruction of the beaches.

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“We need to have an intact ecosystem, otherwise tourists will not come just to relax on the beach without sampling the marine resources,” he said, adding that failure by the KPA to consult the stakeholders is questionable.You are taking us for a ride because what you have presented here is what you have done within the port of Mombasa but I have not heard any single word on what you have done in the county,” the hoteliers said.

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Written by Merxcine Cush

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