In Summary
  • Area residents call on Nema not to give GDC the greenlight that will lead to implementation of the project.
  • Locals who spoke to Nation said they are now leaving in fear of being displaced as well as suffering disruption to their normal farming activities.

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has been locked in a stand-off with residents of Kabazi in Subukia sub-county over its plans to drill wells on their farms.

The State-owned firm is planning to drill five geothermal wells, a move the residents have protested on grounds that they were not consulted before the company submitted the proposal to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

According to GDC Director Kamau Kuria, the company will only halt the plans if the environmental watchdog dismisses its proposal.

Mr Kuria argued that the project cannot be cancelled by GDC since it is a government programme.

“Unless the project is cancelled by either Nema or the Parliamentary committee on Lands and Natural Resources, GDC has no powers to abort it,” he said.

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