Lamu wind power project faces legal hurdles.

Lamu wind power project faces legal hurdles.

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A wind harnessing firm interested in setting up a wind power plant in Lamu county got yet another blow after Baharini residents moved to court seeking to have it stopped.

Through their lawyer Ndegwa Njiru, the residents said the concerned firms were not forthcoming on whether or not they will be resettled after the firm acquires their lands for the project.

Wind Power PlantThe multi-million project is set to be constructed at Baharini area in Mpeketoni by a Belgian firm Eletra Winds in conjunction with Kenwind Holdings of Kenya and the World Bank.

The residents claimed the proposed site where the firm wanted to have them resettled is already occupied by many other squatters who were not willing to move or share their lands.

Over 4000 acres of land are required by the wind firm at Baharini area for the project which is expected to generate up to 90MW of clean energy once completed.

Over 8000 squatters might well be forced to vacate their lands if the firm goes ahead to establish the project in the area.

Njiru also said the squatters were blaming a section of county leaders for approving the project without seeking the indulgence of the locals first.

 

“My clients are not willing to leave their lands since there is no solid action taken by the said firms to ensure there is plan to either resettle or pay them and for that, it’s better for the project to be stopped and things done according to the law,” said Njiru.

This comes days after Lamu MCAs joined other leaders in the county to oppose the establishment of the wind harnessing plant, just a week after the Lamu county assembly passed a motion allowing its establishment.

The leaders said the firms involved have not informed them of the fate of the over 1000 squatters currently occupying the land set for the project.

They are now questioning the intentions of the firm.

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