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Nyandarua leaders move to stop riots over proposed Kinangop wind-mill project

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Nyandarua leaders move to stop riots over proposed Kinangop wind-mill project.
Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and area Senator Hon. Eng. Muriuki Karue held an emergency public rally in Magumu area in Kinangop sub-county after riots erupted over the proposed Kinangop wind-mill project.
The Governor and the Senator flew into Githinji Primary School grounds from Nairobi where another meeting was taking place. The Governor was attending a Council of Governor’s meeting, but was forced to disrupt it.

In Kinangop the Governor held an emergency two-hour closed door meeting with Nyandarua County Commissioner Mr. Wilson Njega, area MP Hon. Stephen KK Mburu, Magumu MCA Hon. Githinji Ngumba, Energy PS Mr. Eddy Njoroge, a representative from the Office of the President Mr. Joseph Irungu, County Secretary Mr. Frank Muchina and other leaders.

Later the leaders addressed thousands of area residents who withstood scotching heat to air their grievances over the proposed Kinangop wind-mill project.

The meeting resolved that an all-inclusive leaders meeting be held on Thursday February 26,2015 to enable all the stakeholders thrash out outstanding issues.

Earlier the residents crashed with riot police after they barricaded roads and attempted to storm a local police station while throwing stones. Police fired in the air to repulse the hostile crowd before calm was restored when the Governor and his delegation arrived in two choppers.

The Governor urged residents to maintain peace, saying it was wrong for anybody to take the law into their hands by burning private property or attacking people who had agreed to sign a contract with the Kinangop Windpark Company allowing for the project.

“You should restrain yourselves and desist from violent activities because violence only breeds violence,” the Governor said.

Addressing the group, Senator Karue told the residents to handle the issue with a sobre mind, noting that the project started way back in 2004 long before the County Government was in existence.

Energy PS Mr. Eddy Njoroge said the residents should agree to address all outstanding issues with an open mind and desists from engaging in acts of violence.

Other leaders who addressed the meeting included Mr. Joseph Irungu from OP, the County Commissioner Mr. Wilson Njega, area MCA Hon. Githinji Ngumba, Githabai MCA Hon. Peter Kairu, Naivasha East MCA Hon. Samuel Waithuki and former area Councillor popularly known as Abbas.

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