The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Trees Cut for Power Lines

The generation of 17MW from Olkaria, Naivasha hangs in the balance after local leaders and conservationists threatened to go to court to stop the project.

The conservationists and local leaders are protesting against the massive destruction of trees where the proposed power line will be situated.

Andrew Koisamou from Civil Society Forum said the tree felling started two weeks ago and is continuing. "As much as we need power for development we should also consider the impact the cutting down of trees has on the environment," he said in Naivasha.

However, Kenya Power area manager David Mugambi said the company has received approval for the tree felling from all relevant government agencies including Nema and the county government.

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