Activists in Kenya are protesting against the partnership between the government and China to build a coal-fired power plant at Lamu near the Indian Ocean, on the grounds that it will impact on the eco-system.
On Tuesday, activists took to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the plan. Their leader, Hussein Khalid, activist and executive director of the community organisation, Haki Africa, argued that coal power was being abandoned in other countries due to its effects, as it goes against Kenya’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.
Kenya is set to build the 981.5-megawatt coal-fired plant to generate electricity in the Manda Bay area of Lamu County.
According to Associated Press, Government officials have said that the East African nation, a regional commercial and transport hub, needs to increase its capacity to generate electricity to keep up with increasing demand.
The consortium that won the contract last year comprises of Kenyan firms Centum Investment and Gulf Energy, alongside Chinese companies China Huadian Corporation Power Operation Company, Sichuan Electric Power Design and Consulting Company, and Sichuan No. 3 Power Construction Company.