Lamu Women Rep leads anti-coal demos in the area

Lamu Women Rep leads anti-coal demos in the area

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Lamu Women Rep Shakilla Abdalla(in the middle) leads locals and residents to protest against the establishment of the coal plant in Lamu. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA:Lamu leaders and civil society organizations  on Tuesday  staged demonstrations against the establishment of the Sh.200 billion coal fired power plant at Kwasasi area in Lamu County.

The protesters who were led by Lamu Women Rep Shakilla Abdalla, brought Lamu island to a partial halt as they marched in the town while holding placards,singing and chanting.

Shakilla said as a leader she would not let the project take off since it had been proven to be harmful to humans.

The coal project which is under sponsorship of Amu Power Company, a consortium of two co-sponsors, Gulf Energy and Centum Investment is expected to generate 1,050 megawatt of electricity once complete.

The implementation of the project is part of the Government’s blueprint for producing 5,000MW of electrical power in the next 40 months.

However leaders, activists and residents are now accusing the county government of Lamu,the National Environment and Management Authority-NEMA and the Energy Regulations Commission-ERC for colluding to force the project on the people of Lamu.

Shakilla said the project portends harmful effects to the environment and the economy of Lamu County.

The MP has threatened to lead the county in massive demonstrations never before experienced in the region in a week’s time, in order to send a strong message of their disapproval of the project to those concerned.

“Coal power is harmful and we don’t even need to take each other in circles over that. There is enough research to back that up. Why some county government officials, the NEMA and ERC are still trying to make it look good is what we can’t comprehend. We won’t allow the coal plant here in Lamu,”said Shakilla.