Lamu county finally approves sh. 21 billion wind power project

Lamu county finally approves sh. 21 billion wind power project

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Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the largest in Africa.Similar project is to be established in Lamu County

Lamu,KENYA:The county government of Lamu has finally bowed in and approved the Sh.21 billion wind power project following months of speculation.

Earlier, the county government had clearly stated they would not support the establishment of the project on grounds that the investor had not provided a clear plan of resettling affected persons.

The project by Kenyan firm Kenwind Holdings, Belgian firm Elicio and the World Bank is to be set up at Baharini area in Mpeketoni.

For several years now, there have been tussles between the investors of the project and the county government of Lamu.

It claims they were worried that residents and landowners who had given out their land to the project would be duped.

Lamu Deputy Governor Eric Mugo said enough consultation have been made and that the investor was free to go with plans of the wind project.

“As county leaders we are always misquoted. We have never opposed this project or any other for that matter. All we normally ask for is transparency and that investors involve and consult us before making decisions but above all we want to ensure our people are not conned of their land by some cunning people. We shall however cooperate fully with the wind project investors,” said Mugo.

Kenwind Holdings Company director Suzanne Nandwa lauded the move and said the project was for the greater benefit of the Lamu people and Kenya as a whole