The Kenyan government has appeared to be conned after paying heavy penalties amounting to Kshs.7 billion to investors at the Lake Turkana wind power project. This was referred to as a huge scam since this form of electricity never reached Kenyans.
The contract was awarded in 2014 to a Spanish company called Grupo Isolux Corsan. The penalties came forth due to a delayed completion of a 430-kilometer high voltage power line that began at the wind turbines in Lake Turkana all the way to Suswa in Narok. The overall project was budgeted at shs.28.9 billion.
The project was estimated to be completed in 2016 but the Spanish company faced financial difficulties hence delayed the project upto September 2019 and in that year President Uhuru inaugurated the power line in Suswa.
After the Spanish company closed shop, the Kenyan government spent billions of money to pay the casual laborers who had been shipped from China and also paying the penalties that belonged to the foreigners.