10 December 2012

Kenya: Turkwel Power Plant At the Centre of Boundary Row

The government is yet to resolve a boundary dispute between Pokot and Turkana who are wrangling over the Turkwel Power Plant.

Communities in the two counties are each claiming that the power plant is located within its boundaries and the dispute has caused increased tension.

A section of leaders in the region have now asked the government to resolve the border dispute in order to avoid perennial attacks along the border affecting operations of the power plant.

Speaking in Eldoret yesterday, TNA party aspirant for Turkana Central Simon Ekai says the government needs to move urgently to resolve the problem.

"The government has been taking this matter lightly but on the ground people in both areas are not happy. The boundary dispute has affected many activities leading to tensions between the communities," he said.

He said the area under dispute is potentially agriculturally productive but residents are not using the land due to tension. KenGen which operates the power plant was forced to withdraw part of its staff at Turkwel due to insecurity but the government has since deployed heavily armed GSU personnel to guard the power plant.

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