NGO COALITION ON SONDU-MIRIU HPP
PO Box 76479 Nairobi-Kenya Tel: 254-2-56.4040 Fax:254-2-57.37.37. email: email@example.com
14th December 2001
Re: Technical Committee on Sondu-Miriu Hydro-Power Project (SMHPP)
We the Coalition of NGOs working for communities affected by the SMHPP once again reiterate our appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continued commitment in working towards the successful conclusion of the above project.
As we approach the beginning of phase 2 implementation and after wide consultations within the Coalition, I wish to categorically state the following:
1)That at the NGO Coalition still stands by its memorandum of 3 rd September 2001 to the Japanese delegation on the SMHPP which contained inter alia:
a)Social and Environmental issues e.g.
Therefore with the above framework serving as a basis for phase 2 implementation and with the understanding that funds are soon to be released, we expect KENGEN as the implementing agency to take the following actions and state the same publicly in the TC:
In relation to the above, we feel that this project is sufficiently large in scale and warrants involving a U.N agency for post project monitoring as is the practice with similar projects in other countries.
Finally, we shall join KENGEN in fighting against the excision of Mau Forest -which is the catchment area of River Miriu. KENGEN as a Government agency should take the lead in this campaign.
We sincerely hope that with the implementation of the above points, our past misunderstandings can be a thing of the past and phase 2 implementation can progress smoothly and in a timely fashion.
Climate Network Africa
-Ambassador, Japanese Embassy
-Chief Representative, JBIC