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Kenya: Lamu County approves wind farm

In Kenya, the government of Lamu County is reported to have endorsed the project of a wind farm that is anticipated to cost Sh21 billion ($207 million).

It is reported that the county government was opposing the development because the investors had not clarified as to where and how the affected people would be relocated.

Consultations endorses project

However, on Wednesday, Lamu deputy governor Eric Mugo stated that to date sufficient consultations have been conducted by the investor and the project will now go ahead.

Media reported that Mugo said this during the handing over of a Sh9.1 million ($89.948) goodwill cheque to 26 farmers by the investor.

The wind farm project is said to be led by a consortium of three companies including renewable energy firm Elicio from Belgium, the World Bank through the International Finance Corporation and a Kenyan firm, Kenwind Holdings Ltd.

“No one has ever opposed the wind power project. Our only problem was on how well our people’s interests were going to be addressed especially the issue of compensation.

“I understand we had problems of communication but we have reached a consensus with the investor,” Mugo stated.

Lamu County project to benefit communities

Kenwind Holdings director, Susan Nandwa, applauded the resolution, noting that the project would benefit Lamu communities and Kenya as a whole.

The media quoted Nandwa stating that her company is planning to set up a trust a Sh40 million ($395,379) fund that will enable youth and women to engage in projects that will improve their livelihoods. The fund will also promote education and the general welfare of the people.

Lamu deputy county Commissioner Stephen Sangolo also commented and assured that the national government will work with the investor to ensure the project is a success.

“I am happy that the investor and the county government leadership are now working together. This is a mega project, which will create jobs for our youth and change livelihoods. Let us join hands in making the project a success,” Sangolo said.

It is reported that a total of 3,206 acres of land in Baharini have already been set aside for the project.

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Babalwa Bungane
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