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No verdict yet on Lamu coal power plant

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[Lamu activists led by Lamu Youths Alliance leader Wallid Ahmed (in yellow t-shirt) in court on Wednesday. Photo/ courtesy].

Lamu residents will be forced to wait for longer after the National environment Tribunal sitting in Nairobi on Wednesday failed to give a judgment on the controversies surrounding Lamu coal power plant.

The sh. 200 billion power plant fate hangs in the balance after high court in September upheld stop orders which remain effective to date.

The Lamu power plant will provide 1,050 megawatts of power when it becomes operational.

Lamu residents have been against the project and have in the recent past engaged police in running battles over the conflict.

The project is owned by Amu power company Limited under the consortium of Gulf Energy.

Led by the ‘Decoalonise Lamu’ network Chair Omar Elmawy, the human rights, environmental activists and youth rights groups from Lamu vowed to do all they can to block the construction of Lamu Coal power plant.

The organisations among them Haki Africa said the plant had negative impact to human life than being source of livelihood.

Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid said the rights defender will unite to ensure that there is no coal power plant installed in Lamu.

“Why do we play around with the lives of people? This is a ‘killer project’ imposed on Lamu people out of their will,” not Mr. Khalid.

“Various research conducted by environmentalists openly explained the negative impact of the plant, why force it on us?” posed Mr. Elmawy.

[Lamu residents, human rights defenders protesting against Lamu coal power plant. Photo/Courtesy].

He said Lamu residents will not relent on blocking the whole project.

On his part, Lamu Youths Alliance leader Wallid Ahmed said that though Lamu residents and especially the youth needed jobs, they cannot risk their lives by embracing the project.

“It is truly a ‘killer project’ according to experts and we are not backing down,” said Mr. Wallid.

The Lamu coal power plant is to be constructed at Kwasasi area in Hindi, Lamu West.

Already, a total of 975 acres of land have been acquired for the installation of the project that will quell the power demands in Lamu county and other parts of the country according to the investor.

However, Lamu residents and rights defenders are yet to consume such scripture.

The power plant according to a private environmental impact assessment conducted, it will drastically affect the health of locals as well as marine nature.

Human rights activists, Lamu residents, Katiba Institute and activist Okiya Omutata filed a suit against Amu power limited investor and National Environment Management Authority- NEMA over the coal power plant.

The National environmental tribunal sitting in Nairobi will rule on the case on June 24.