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Sh13b Kinangop Wind Park project back on course

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By ANTONY GITONGA | February 6th 2015

Nyandarua, Kenya: The controversial 61 mega watt Kinangop Wind Park project may finally see the light of day after persons affected by the project signed a revised agreement.

The Sh13 billion project has met opposition and support in equal measure with area leaders split on its terms and conditions.

Addressing the Press at the signing ceremony held under tight security in Naivasha, Nyandarua Senator Muriuki Karue said the project could now proceed since they had received a go-ahead from the affected persons.

"The project was supposed to have kicked off years ago but has delayed due to some small issues which have now been addressed," he said.

The senator said according to the project's revised terms, the only affected parcel of land is where the wind turbines would be erected.

Kinangop MP Stephen Kinyanjui, who accused politicians of blocking the project for personal reasons, said the land's lease duration period has now been reduced from 60 to 25 years.

JEALOUS PERSONS

He said the community starts to benefit from Sh270 million under corporate social responsibility with Sh135 million being released once the project kicks off.

"Those opposed to the project are few disgruntled persons who have not been affected by the project and are therefore jealous of the gains set to be received by beneficiaries," he said.


 

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