President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the 84 hectares power plant in Garissa. The plant adds 54 MW on the power grid. During the launch, he warned against misuse of public resources. He challenged Kenyans to hold elected leaders to account for the resources entrusted to them.
The power plant was constructed at a cost of 13 billion by Rural energy Authority(REA). Its the largest in East and Central Africa and puts Kenya as a leader in renewable energy in the region.
The President said, his government aims to construct water pans in the region to enable rainwater harvesting.
“I see that the gap that existed is being reduced. We are developing our country uniformly from Moyale to Namanga from Mombasa to Lake Victoria,” said the President
He said he will be back to open almost complete Garissa- Modogashe road and launch construction of Mbalambala – Garissa road.
Energy CS Charles Keter thanked the locals and said compensation plans are underway to compensate those whose land the facility was developed on.
Present were Garissa Governor Ali Korane, National Assembly Majority Leader who is also Garissa Town MP Aden Duale and Mbalambala MP Omar Shurie also spoke at the event attended by several leaders from the region among them area Senator Yusuf Haji.