Senator wants House to establish Turkana power project viability – The Star Kenya
Marsabit Senator Mohamed Chute wants the House to establish the viability of the multi-billion shilling Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.
The legislator, while seeking a statement from the Standing Committee on Energy, further wants the names of the individuals who signed the contract on behalf of the Government made public.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the project following a controversial deal that saw taxpayers lose Sh18 billion.
The money was paid to a private investor due to delays in connecting the Lake Turkana Wind Power to the national grid.
National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee report concluded the wind farm project the largest in Africa was poorly managed and that blunders by government entities cost the taxpayer.
The EACC has summoned Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, who is the immediate former chief executive officer of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company.
Former Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge, who served as PS in the docket, has already been grilled.
In the statement before the House, Chute said the committee should disclose the terms of the contract between the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project and the Government.
“The committee should also state the amount in sales of units the project has sold to the Government since it began operations,” he said.
He wants the committee to appraise the Senate on the status of the construction of the electricity line from Lake Turkana to Naivasha, stating whether the project was tendered and providing the details of who won the award.
He also wants the committee to disclose the penalty, if any, the government has been billed and paid for the delay in the construction of the line.
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