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Kenya’s bid for nuclear energy gets House nod

Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Kenya is set to rekindle its nuclear energy ambitions after Parliament removed an obstacle that has crippled the plan for nearly two years.

Committee on Implementation of House Resolutions has terminated a resolution earlier adopted by MPs that had asked the government to stop investing in nuclear energy.

The committee says in its end-of-term report that the resolution on nuclear energy had gone against the public policy.

“Some of the resolutions are in conflict with existing government policies hence making implementation impossible. For example, while the House adopted a resolution urging the government to stop any investment in nuclear Energy, the Cabinet had already approved such investment and the Ministry of Energy established the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board,” Soipan Tuiya, chairperson of the committee said in the Legacy report.

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Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo had lobbied MPs into approving a Motion that required the government to shift its attention from nuclear to renewable energy.

He argued that the construction and maintenance of a nuclear plant is a highly technical, expensive and risky undertaking that potentially exposes a country to the threat of radiation.

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