Kinangop MP supports wind park project
28 October 2014, 13:36
Kinangop - Kinangop MP, Stephen Kinyanjui Mburu has made a U-turn on the intended construction of a multi-billion shilling Wind Park project in his constituency, which he has been opposing.
The MP surprised residents of Heni village in Githabai ward during a public rally when he said the project can now go on after the government gave in to his demand for proper compensation for those whose land will be taken for the KES 12 billion investment.
The Wind Park project is expected to contribute an additional 60 megawatts to the national grid and has stalled since 2004 as the various stakeholders involved failed to agree.
Speaking on Sunday during a public rally at Heni Health centre in Githabai ward where the Governor Daniel Waithaka presented a new ambulance to the health facility, Mburu said farmers who were earlier paid KES 500 000 compensation for half acre parcel of land where the wind turbines will be erected will get an additional KES 2 million each.
“I want to assure farmers whose land is to be alienated under this project. They will get equal compensation of land elsewhere and investors will build for you permanent houses,” he asserted.
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In the past, Mburu had strongly opposed the project saying it would only be implemented 'over his dead body'. At one time, he disrupted public gatherings called by the investors and provincial administration to discuss the project.
At the weekend, the MP said since the project was being implemented by the Government of Uhuru Kenyatta, “I don’t want to appear like I am fighting the Government yet I am part and parcel of the Jubilee.”
He said when the project is completed, Kinangop residents will benefit since the investor will spend between KES 50 million and 100 million annually in corporate social responsibility activities.
Governor Waithaka challenged Githabai Ward residents to embrace new technologies in potato farming in order to maximise on profits.
He said a proposed law limiting the packaging of potatoes to a 50 kilogram bag will soon be in place.
Governor Waithaka announced that his administration was looking for a five-acre plot near Soko Mpya along the Nyandarua-Kiambu border to put up a marketing centre for all agricultural produce from the region.
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