Governor Fahim Twaha has called the parties involved in the Bahari Wind Power to resolve the ongoing stalemate .
Speaking yesterday at Tewe in Mpeketoni, he urged the parties to consider the project’s internal rate of economic returns for the County economy and work opportunities for the youths as a win-win situation.
“We must not risk the loss of the project but most importantly we must not harm the farmers. The private investor must not benefit at the expense of the mwananchi. As a government, we want to see the mwananchi benefit in similar terms to the Kenwind investor,” said Governor Fahim.
He said the government welcomes private investors such as Kenwind Holdings, for the benefit of the ex-chequer, County economy and the public.
“We would like to see more of private sector investments in Lamu County because it provides employment and other opportunities for qualified individuals in the County, ” added the Governor.
He was answering to concerns from a delegation of residents, led by Bahari Ward MCA Anthony Njomo.
“We reverted to the legal County Assembly route to protect the farmer. Most farmers have been concerned that unless the land resettlement issue is solved first, their fates are not guaranteed” .
Technically, the Sh. 21 billion Wind power project is in legal limbo, following nullification by the County Assembly, citing breach of certain requirements.
“We all want the project to proceed but the key stakeholder must be taken care of first, as per the law and earlier agreements,” added MCA Njomo.
Through the motion, filed by Njomo, the Bahari Ward MCA argued that KenWind had no land set aside for resettlement of the farmers and that the initial land proposed through a letter from the then County Secretary in 2015, Nairobi Ranch was privately owned then and still is.