The Senate today continued stakeholder engagements on the proposed variation of the boundaries of Nyangweta Forest to pave way for construction of a multibillion-sugar factory in Kisii County.
On Tuesday, the National Land Commission Chairman Prof Muhammad Swazuri and Nema Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Land and Natural Resources to give technical advice.
The committee chaired by Nyandarua County Senator Mwangi Githiomi is considering a petition by Governor James Ongwae on the proposed renewable energy and sugar complex in South Mugirango.
Governor Ongwae, Kisii Senator Prof Sam Ongeri and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro were present during the proceedings.
Nema boss Prof Wahungu confirmed to the Senators that his office had conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the proposed project before giving approvals.
“The project site falls within the sugar zone and is compatible with existing land uses and shall not interfere with the flora and fauna. We recommended that removal of trees should be limited to the project area and leave possibility for planting more,” said the Nema boss.
NLC Chair Prof Swazuri said he would table a report before the Senate Committee. Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney will appear before the committee on Thursday this week to give an opinion on the project.
The committee will also meet the private investor before conducting a site visit in three weeks time.