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26 Feb 2015

Macharia Mwangi, Daily Nation(Kenya)

Kenya: Police shoot 1 local dead in protests against wind power project; investor says govt. agencies have approved project

"Man shot dead as Kinangop residents protest over wind power plant"

A dispute over a Sh13 billion wind power project in Nyandarua turned ugly Tuesday when a man was shot dead in a confrontation with police...Residents attempted to storm the Magumu Police Station in a bid to free nine colleagues arrested on Monday during a protest against the Kinangop power project...

The residents have been opposing the project, saying they had been duped into believing that it had no environmental effect on their land. Some of the residents were to lease portions of their land for the project, only to realise that they would not be able to cultivate crops on the remaining section because of pollution caused by the power plant...However, the project managers have allayed fears of health or environment hazards from the plant, saying it had been given the green light by the National Environment Management Authority.