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Amu Power urged to speed up coal plant

Francis Njogu, the Amu Power Company CEO. FILE PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Francis Njogu, the Amu Power Company CEO. FILE PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

An investor planning to establish a Sh200 billion coal plant in Lamu County has been urged by residents to speed up the process.

People who sold their land to facilitate establishment of the plant also want the compensation exercise hastened.

The National Land Commission (NLC) has already approved a list of 500 landowners to be compensated at a rate of Sh800,000 per acre of land.

Amu Power Company, a consortium including Centum Investments #ticker:ICDC, has pledged to employ more than 1,000 Lamu youth once the construction phase starts.

Landowners' spokesperson Mr Kassim Omar now says they want to be compensated for the three years that their parcels were taken.

“Can you imagine giving out your land for three years? You have nowhere to farm, no alternative settlement and someone hasn’t given you even 10 shillings for that. We demand to be paid for the entire period that our land has been taken so that we can also live normal lives,” said Mr Omar.

A total of 975 acres of land has been acquired at Kwasasi for the project which is expected to generate 1,050 MW of power.

The purpose of the project is to provide affordable electricity with the expected increase in demand from proposed industrial parks, the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (Lapsset), the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and other infrastructure projects.

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