The deCOALonize campaign and Greenpeace Africa led a protest earlier this month with communities from Lamu and Kitui in Kenya, marching against the construction of Lamu coal plant.
The protesters were calling on the Cabinet secretary, Charles Keter, and Chinese corporations to stop investing in Lamu and Kitui coal project and instead invest in renewable energy.
According to Kapital FM, in recent developments Keter explained that government will not be financing the project and that it will be undertaken by the private sector as part of a power purchase agreement.
“This is a private initiative by the private sectors who are driving and the government is not going to pay any money and Kenyans, ” he said.
Keter added that the project shall incorporate the latest technologies to avoid adverse environmental effects.
“As a government, we need to diversify, the people who are talking about coal, they should know that there is clean coal and it is like the nuclear and technology has been progressively been improved to the latest technology of ultra-sound and there is no need to get worried,” Keter stated.
The coal plant has been in its planning stages for close six years and has faced opposition from activists and local communities.
Last year, US senators addressed a letter to the African Development Bank, calling on the bank not to fund the Lamu Coal Power Plant, arguing it would tarnish Kenya’s reputation as a leader in clean energy and worsen environmental quality.
Read more here: US senators oppose Kenya’s Lamu coal power plant