In Summary

  • Two wind energy rival companies in the 11,000-acre land dispute --Cordisons International Ltd and Kenwind Holdings Ltd -- directed to file written submissions within 14 days
  • National Land Commission (NLC) and County government of Lamu also to file submissions in the dispute
  • The case will be heard on April 11.

The National Land Commission (NLC) and Lamu County government are entangled in a row involving two foreign firms over possession of land for a Sh21-billion wind power project in Mpeketoni.

The High Court in Malindi on Monday directed the NLC and the county government to file submissions over the 11,000-acre land dispute.

Justice James Olola also directed the two rival wind energy companies in the dispute -- Cordisons International Ltd and Kenwind Holdings Ltd -- to file written submissions within 14 days.

Cordisons International Ltd, An American company, last October moved to compel the NLC and its chairman Muhammad Swazuri to issue it with lease documents to put up the wind energy project on the land, as directed by the Lamu County government.

The NLC had quashed Cordisons Ltd's lease documents, and cleared Kenwind Ltd, a Belgium energy company, to proceed with the energy project.

In a replying affidavit, the NLC stated that Cordisons International Ltd did not meet the legal requirements to be awarded the lease for 11,000 acres, despite efforts to invest in the land since November 2009.

Quash development plans

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