KIBWEZI WEST MP WANTS TO BLOCK EIA OVER CONSTRUCTION OF STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY.

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Lawyer Kethi Kilonzo for Kibwezi West Member of Parliament Dr Patrick Musimba who has moved to court seeking orders to block Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) from renewing its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction of-multi billion shillings Standard Gauge Railway.

BY SAM ALFAN.
Kibwezi West Member of Parliament Dr Patrick Musimba has applied to the high court seeking orders to block Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) from renewing its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction of multi billion shillings Standard Gauge Railway.
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is about to new the licence for KRC in the month of February and the MP claim that there was violation of his constituent’s right when NEMA conducted assessment.
Dr Musimba says that the Standard Gauge Railway will be passing through his constituency in Makueni County and if the same is allowed will contravene and threaten the rights of the local people.
” The petitioner and the residents of Kibwezi West Constituency have been denied meaningful participation in arriving at the EIA that is acceptable to all
The legislator through lawyer Kethi Kilonzo, argues that to date it is not known levels of air, noise and vibration pollution that will result from the construction work.
Kethi says that effect from the construction when the Environmental Impact Assessment has been properly conducted wills adversely aff4ect public health and the environment itself where people of Kibwezi are inhabitants.
The lawyer says that EIA license initially given was done in breach of the constitution and the laws and same ought not to be renewed, pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s petition.
The lawyer will be urging the court to seriously consider the issues raised by MP from the interest of the local people who will be affected the poor EAI.
” There exist imminent threat to the lives of the people given the location of Kibwezi and its County serious issue of the constitutional violation must be taken into account “the lawyer argued.
The high has jurisdiction to intervene on matter that affect the right of the people, she said.

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