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Kenya’s Nuclear Plan Faces Pushback Over Wildlife and Tourism Fears

Kenya’s plan to build its first nuclear plant in Kilifi County has sparked fierce opposition from locals and conservationists. The project, set to start in 2027 and become operational by 2034, has raised concerns about its impact on the region’s tourism, environment, and economy. Environmentalist Phyllis Omido leads the protests, with the Kenya Anti-Nuclear Alliance arguing the plant will deepen Kenya’s debt and cause environmental damage. She is not alone in this fight. Other critics worry the government’s plan to build a nuclear plant there poses a risk to marine life, local livelihoods, and property values. Among other efforts, Collins Sang and Cecilia Ndeti filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the plant’s development. They argued the plant’s development has been rushed and claim the government held secretive public participation meetings. Meanwhile, Kenyan authorities see nuclear power as crucial for energy security and industrialization and plans are progressing at full speed.