Lamu woman representative denies bribery claims over Sh200 bn coal project

Thursday December 8 2016

Lamu Woman Representative Shakila Abdalla

Lamu Woman Representative Shakila Abdalla speaks to journalists on December 6, 2016. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

KALUME KAZUNGU
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Lamu Woman Representative Shakila Abdalla has denied allegations that she is being used by Mombasa-based cartels to frustrate the establishment of a Sh 200 billion coal plant project in Lamu.

The project which is under sponsorship of Amu Power Company, a consortium of two co-sponsors, Gulf Energy and Centum Investment is set to be established at Kwasasi Village in Hindi, Lamu county.

For the past one year, Ms Abdalla has been very vocal opposing the coal project arguing that it has more harm than good.

But critics claim the woman representative may have been bribed to ensure the coal plant project does not take off.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, Ms Abdalla downplayed the allegations insisting that she is a leader of the people and was only acting in the interest of the people of Lamu.

Ms Abdalla said those associating her with such allegations are the cartels themselves with intention of tarnishing her political image.