KETRACO (Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited) this morning, paid a courtesy call to the county government. The team was led by the company’s socio-economist Mr Geoffrey Mirasi and were hosted by the Deputy Governor Dr. Nicholas Atudonyang.
Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) is a Government owned state corporation, whose mandate is to plan, design, construct, own, operate and maintain high voltage electricity transmission grid and regional power interconnectors that will form the backbone of the National Transmission Grid.
|Deputy Governor (Right) addressing the meeting|
The main issues discussed in the meeting were introduction of KETRACO to The West Pokot Government, report on the status of the 90 KM Turkwel-Ortum- Kitale Transmission Line and compensation to the people affected by the transmission line. The Turkwel- Ortum- Kitale will open up various parts of the West Pokot County for development.
“Compensation is key to any affected area or people. Nobody knows the value of land so, let the value of compensation be equal to all affected people, our people should not be left out like the Turkwel dam issue.” Said the Deputy Governor.
Dr. Atudonyang raised the issue of the transmission line passing through Kamatira Forest, “If the transmission line passes through the forest, it will destroy water sources and affect the people of Chepareria and its environs in terms agriculture. KETRACO needs to come up with another strategical discourse where the transmission lines will follow. In our subsequent meeting we should be able to know the proper transmission route in Kamatira and the CSR project the company tends to do in the county.” He stressed.
|KETRACO Team during the meeting|
Also present at the meeting was CEC member for Water, -Environment and Natural resouces Mr. Jackson Yaralima, Chief Officer PSM and ICT Ms Betty Chedotum, Chief Officer- Administration and Devolved Units Mr. Isaiah Pendow, Chief Officer- Trade and Industrilization Mr. Alex Lokimoi and Chief Officer- Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Peter Adoki.