Locals want NEMA to halt GDC project over health concerns

Over 500 residents of Kabazi and Menengai West wards have opposed plan by Geothermal Development Company-GDC to drill 5 wells in their farms.

The locals argue that the move is ill advised as it will render them homeless as the project will see majority displaced.

They argue that the plan is being implemented without the involvement of the community in the area.

According to them, GDC went ahead to clandestinely submit EIA report to NEMA which published a notice on 28th October giving residents a month to submit their views.

“There has not been any public involvement in the whole process and that is why we are petitioning NEMA to stop this project” said one of the locals.

Addressing media in the area over the weekend, the locals are now a worried lot and leaving in fear of their health as well as their farming activities which they say will be highly affected.

At the same time, the locals have no confidence in the government’s compensation process if at all they have to be moved from the area for the project to continue.

They are now calling on NEMA to halt issuance of an okay letter towards implementation of the project.

Sentiments echoed by Kabazi MCA Dr.Peter Mbae who says the locals must be involved fully in any projects that touches on their lives.

“The locals have their rights which should be looked into before any project commences and that is why we are saying we should go back to the drawing board” said Mbae.

File photo of Menengai geothermal project. [Source/GDC]