October 20th 2017

Society / Environment

Blow to Samburu residents as court allows Sh75 billion wind power project to continue

“The wind project started in the year 2005 and there was no secret. The community benefited immensely and will still benefit when the project is completed,” said the company's lawyers.

By Oscar NdundaThursday, 10 Nov 2016 09:53 EAT

The wind turbines in Marsabit.

Residents of Laisamis Constituency in Samburu County lost a major public interest case yesterday when the High Court in Meru declined to stop the Sh75 billion wind power project at Lake Turkana. Justice Peter Njoroge of the Environment and Land Court rejected the application by the residents who accused the Lake Turkana Wind Power for acquiring 150,000 acres of their land illegally.

The residents further blamed the company for failure to involve them in public participation before the project was initiated in 2005. The company, which has installed 365 wind turbines, will contribute 210 megawatts to the Kenya Power daily after it starts production. That figure would amount to 17 percent of power on the national grid and the single largest private investment in Kenya and also the largest wind farm in Africa.

The Lake Turkana Wind Power through their lawyers Mohammed Nyaoga and Emmanuel Wetang’ula said the residents will benefit from the project. “The wind project started in the year 2005 and there was no secret. The community benefited immensely and will still benefit when the project is completed,” said the lawyers.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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