Energy Cabinet Secretary Hon. Davis Chirchir addresses journalists soon after holding a closed-door meeting with leaders from Nyandarua County. Other leaders present included Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi (right), Energy PS Mr. Joseph Njoroge (left) Nyandarua Senator Hon. Muriuki Karue (partly hidden), Naivasha MP Hon. John Kihagi (behind the Minister) and Kinangop MP Hon. Stephen KK Mburu (in a cap)
ENERGY Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir met Nyandarua County leaders on Wednesday afternoon to discuss contentious issues surrounding the implementation of Sh13 billion Kinangop Windmill project.
The meeting in Ol’Kalou town was hosted by Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and attended by County Commissioner Mr. Wilson Njega and Energy Principal Secretary Mr. Joseph Njoroge.
Others in the meeting were Nyandarua Deputy Governor H.E. Waithaka Mwangi Kirika, the Senator Hon. Eng. Muriuki Karue, Kinangop MP Hon. Stephen KK Mburu, Naivasha MP Hon. John Kihagi, Members of County Assembly from the affected areas, representatives from Kinangop Windpark Ltd and selected farmers.
The meeting kicked off shortly after 11 am but Hon. Chirchir arrived in a private chopper shortly after 3PM. He later left the venue before 6PM as other leaders continued with the meeting until 10PM in the night.
Addressing journalists, Hon. Chirchir urged political leadership in the County and those implementing the project to engage farmers and other stakeholders to break the current stalemate.
Chirchir said the government was keen to implement the project but insisted the need for farmers and other stakeholders to be provided with adequate information to remove mistrust and suspicion surrounding its implementation.
“The 61-MW wind project will generate enough renewable electricity that could cater for up to 150,000 homes in the country,” said Hon. Chirchir.
The Private Investment Company will create job opportunities directly and indirect and make other investors invest in county. The facility will be one of the largest wind power generation projects to be built to date in sub-Saharan Africa.
However, he said there were challenges in implementing the project owing to communication breakdown between the Kinangop Windpark Ltd, leaders and farmers.
At the end of the meeting, the leaders announced they had formed a committee with members drawn from elected leaders, farmers and other stakeholders mainly drawn from Magumu, Githabai and Naivasha East wards which will be directly affected by the project.