NEMA Issues Displacement Notice to Kiambu Residents

  • File image of Limuru residents when they blocked a major road over insecurity in the area.
    File image of Limuru residents when they blocked a major road over insecurity in the area.
    Daily Nation
  • The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has issued a notice to residents of Limuru, Kiambu County over possible displacement and loss of property.

    In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the state agency stated that the relocation of members of the public in the area is expected to pave way for the completion of a wind power project.

    NEMA issued the statement after it received an Environmental Impact Assessment Study Report from Aperture Power Limited, the proponent company of the wind power project.

    File image of a power substation in Kenya.
    File image of a power substation in Kenya.

    The company is set to construct a transmission line approximately 17.5 Kilometres long from the Aperture wind farm substation to the 66/11kv Limuru Substation where the electricity will be fed to the National grid.

    The ATL orientation commences from the wind farm in Mwanya wa Ruhoho and terminates at Limuru.

    NEMA stated that the project will displace people, urging that the company takes action to mitigate the loss of property.

    The state agency urged that the company undertake a valuation of properties to facilitate compensation.

    It also proposed for the development of a livelihood restoration plan or resettlement policy framework, and that the government road section where project connects to Limuru Sub Station be redesigned.

    The state agency proposed several other measures to be undertaken by the company to ensure that other possible outcomes of the project does not affect residents not displaced by the project.

    NEMA urged that vegetation be handled diligently, and waste management be adhered to to the latter.

    "Minimize unwarranted cutting of trees along the Right of Way. Minimize clearing of unnecessary areas at the substation and prevent vegetation trampling by restricting access roads," the notice reads in part.

    "All excavations, drainage works and cuttings should take place as instructed in the approved structural plans," NEMA stated.

    The agency urged that the company abide by set standard regulations to ensure minimal pollution and possible emergence of social issues and conflicts.

    The wind project is reported to cost $25 million (approximately Ksh2.5 billion).

    File image of a wind farm in Kenya.
    File image of a wind farm in Kenya.