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Munya calls for talks over 400mw wind farm land stalemate

Meru Governor Peter Munya. file photo | nmg
Meru Governor Peter Munya. file photo | nmg 

Meru governor Peter Munya has called for talks between national and county government officials to end a stalemate over demarcation of land earmarked for a 400-megawatt wind farm by KenGen #ticker:KEGN.

Mr Munya and the county government obtained a temporary injunction stopping the adjudication at Ngaremara/Gambella area citing lack of consultation and public participation.

Later, a Meru court rejected a request by 9,000 owners of the 45,000-acre land to quash the orders that stopped the demarcation.

“We are ready to meet with national government officials any time to plan how it will be done. But we will not allow a process that lacks transparency and accountability,” Mr Munya said.

“KenGen cannot give money behind our backs to facilitate adjudication of a trust land, and expect us to sit and watch. Such a process will not go anywhere.”

About Sh6 million had been set aside for demarcation that was set to begin early last month. KenGen has however suspended construction of the Sh6.9 billion power plant due to the land row. The first phase of the 400-megawatt project was scheduled to be completed by December 2017.

The governor accused Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi of ignoring calls by Meru County commissioner to involve all land owners in formation of land committees.