Lamu, KENYA: Lamu Governor Issa Timamy has stated that the county has not yet approved the establishment of a coal plant in Lamu County.
The Sh 180 billion Coal plant project has been proposed to be set up at Kwasasi area in Hindi, Lamu County and is expected to generate 981.5 megawatts of electricity upon completion.
Speaking in Lamu on Saturday,Timamy lashed at local politicians who are embroiled in a war of words over the proposed coal plant project saying it was too early for all of that.
The governor insisted that the project had not been approved by anyone in the county and that there was no need for people to fight over it.
Lamu leaders and politicians are embroiled in a tag of war over the project with Lamu women rep Shakilla Abdalla opposing the project on grounds that it’s harmful to the health of locals and the environment.
Timamy has however remained impartial not stating whether or not he opposes the project but only stating that he hasn’t approved the project since the Environmental and Social Impact Assesment-ESIA report has yet to be produced by the project implementers.
He said only after the ESIA has been submitted, will leaders and residents be well placed to make comments on whether or not such a project shall be approved.
“We are still waiting for the ESIA and let it be clear that as a county we haven’t made any decision concerning the project.Let all those already bickering over this matter stop, it’s too early for that,”said Timamy.
In June 2015,the county assembly of Lamu unanimously approved the establishment of the coal project.
The National Lands Commission-NLC recently handed over land rights to Amu Power as a nod of approval with chair Mohammad Swazuri saying the investor had fulfilled all requirements and that there was no need why the project shouldn’t proceed.
Over 985 acres of land have already been acquired for the project.