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NLC won't pay a dime for ghost Lapsset land, Swazuri warns claimants.

The National Lands Commission does not have any plan to further compensate land owners affected by the Sh2.5 trillion Lapsset project.

Chairman Muhammad Swazuri said all those whose lands were acquired for the venture were dully compensated in June 2015.

"We are done with compensation for LAPSSET lands. That chapter is over and done with," he said on Sunday.

Recently, a group came out claiming that the project area exceeded the 70,000 acres that was agreed and paid for during its inception.

The lot threatened to go to court if the NLC fails to either revoke the additional acreage, or compensate them.

The Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport project is ongoing at Kililana and Mashunduani areas in Lamu.

Swazuri asked those claiming payments for land use to stop sideshows adding that the commission will not pay attention to their "fake calls".

"The individuals claiming to own land at the port site are just but fake. The commission remains unperturbed and won't release a dime towards such."

A total of Sh1.3 billion was spend in payments to over 150 individuals whose lands were acquired for LAPSSET.

Swazuri said the commission only concentrated on paying for lands which were occupied.

"The rest of the lands which had no occupants were treated as trustee landsdue diligence was followed," the Lands boss said.

Swazuri also denied claims that majority of those who were compensated in 2015 were ghost claimants.

"Those claiming so must come forth with evidence to prove the same. We verified the claims before the monies were released."

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