Protesters yesterday petitioned the Government to suspend the planned coal mining in Lamu and Kitui counties, citing environmental threat. Lamu coal power plant is a project by Amu Power Company, expected to generate 1,050 megawatts of electricity.
They said the coal plant project would harm the environment, with long-term effects on locals, especially those living in the two counties where the exploration would be undertaken. Feisar Miji, the spokesperson of the demonstrators, said the project would pose a health risk to Lamu residents. “China has a hand in the deal and yet their country is getting rid of such hazardous explorations. Why are our leaders supporting the project? They are compromised,” claimed Miji.