The Kenyan Supreme Court suspended the construction of the 60 MW Kinangop wind energy facility. The 13 billion shilling project was to beging construction in two weeks. The suspension decision follows a request made to the Court by a group of Kinangop residents who feel that the construction of the facility encroaches on their properties.
The petition to the court stated "While international standards require that the turbines be installed at least 1,000 meters from residential areas, the promoters of the Kinangop wind farm acquired only 38 plots of 40m x 40m dimensions. This means that the residential properties of thousands of families will be close to the turbines which violates the rights conferred to them by section 42 of the Constitution."
The residents are asking the court to require the developers of the project to meet international standards for the nearby residential areas. They also want to be protected against deportation or signature measurements under lease agreements constraint. "Nyandarua counties security forces and Nakuru have already been deployed to intimidate and violently suppress protests against the project. One person is dead, four are injured and five arrests resulted from this repression that was organized on 24 February 2015," they said in their petition.
The Supreme Court suspended the various works related to the construction of the plant,until the case is heard and it makes a decision. The hearings will begin on 16 April.