In Summary
  • A section of elders from the Kipsigis, Luo, Kuria, Abagusii and Ogiek communities are opposed to the project.
  • The case was before the Environment and Land Court in Nakuru.

Chief Justice David Maraga has finally appointed a three-judge bench to hear a case seeking to block the construction of the controversial multi-billion Itare dam in Nakuru County.

The three are justices John Mutungi, Kullow Mohamed and Dalmas Ohungo.

The judges will now determine whether the construction of the Sh38 billion dam in Kuresoi South will proceed or not.

Justice Sila Munyao on Thursday said the CJ had appointed the three to here and determine the matter.

OPPOSE

A section of elders from the Kipsigis, Luo, Kuria, Abagusii and Ogiek communities are opposed to the project.

They had on June 14 made an application seeking for the intervention of the CJ in the matter.

Through their lawyer James Mwamu, the elders drawn from the counties of Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisii, Nyamira, Narok, Bomet and Kericho argued that the matter was too weighty and sensitive to be left in the hands of a single judge.

According to the elders the matter is of public interest and raises serious environmental issues affecting the nine counties.

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