Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Boaz Adhengo's Housing Saga

Boaz Adhengo Police Report

Boaz Adhengo was beaten and forced from his home in Kajiado County, Kenya because he is not Maasai.  The issue for Maasai elders and their youthful henchmen was that land being sold by the municipal government to “outsiders.”  A group of you young Maasai men armed with machetes clubbed and hit him with.  Now Boaz is one of the hundreds of people who bought land in Kajiado County, but who are now being targeted by locals for eviction. They now find themselves unable to utilize their land.

Boaz's home doubles as the AAEA Kenya Office, so essentially, AAEA was evicted from its office.  To get the full story, you should read the police report listed at the link above.  The photos below show the original house in Kajiado County and the subsequent home he had to build to reestablish a residence and AAEA Office.

Boaz lost all of his furnishing, appliances, computers and much more.  If you can help him, please feel free to reach out to him.  We are very proud to be associated with such a dynamic individual.

While Adhengo holds that his title deed is valid, several other investors who bought land from areas like Kitengela, Rongai and other parts of Kajiado County have found themselves either homeless or fighting court battles to retain land that was allegedly acquired unprocedurally.

Kisaju Location chief David Teekais is promoting the evictions.  His view is that some people acquired land at throwaway prices and in other cases of people who stole title deeds from their parents later sold the land to those regarded as outsiders. The general feeling is that our ancestral land is being taken away by outsiders and Chief Teekais and his young squad of goons will not allow it. (Standard)

Boaz built his home in Kajiado, Kenya










Boaz Constructed A New Home



Monday, May 19, 2014

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor

Energy ministers from 19 countries are pushing ahead with the creation of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor. The Africa Clean Energy Corridor will provide the continent with the opportunity to leapfrog into a sustainable energy future.  Africa’s abundant renewable energy resources are a perfect match to meet rising demand in a sustainable and cost-effective way – from Cairo to Cape Town.

Spearheaded by the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Africa Clean Energy Corridor would create a 5,000-mile north-south electricity transmission grid stretching from Egypt through Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe to South Africa.

Of particular importance is the Ethiopia to South Africa line to be completed by 2020. Another priority project is the 2,300-mile Central Africa Transmission Corridor linking the Democratic Republic of the Congo to South Africa through Angola and Namibia, and north to Chad through Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Cameroon.

The second stage of development through 2040 involves the interconnection of all these power corridors into one continuous power grid linking clusters of renewable energy projects to the West African Power Pool grid, which links Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the goal Africa Clean Energy Corridor is to promote a “regional approach to developing the vast renewable energy resources that will help optimize the energy mix and attract more investment.”

A World Bank report, Turning the Lights on Across Africa, notes that regional power planning and power trade can address the continent’s chronic struggle for adequate and affordable electricity generation.

Currently, in Sub-Saharan Africa some 72,000 miles of links exist, while over 20,000 miles remain missing.The key to the Africa Clean Energy Corridor’s “action agenda” is the creation of “renewable energy development zones – special areas where renewable energy projects would be clustered based on resource potential, land suitability and infrastructure. Clustering these projects will make it easier to access the high-voltage transmission lines being built to send the electricity generated to where it’s needed and boost the energy trade between the power pools.

The focus is on regional project with a north-south transmission corridor is also part of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the African Development Bank’s Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa, which estimates the cost at $360 billion through to 2040. To this end, the initial focus will be on connecting the 10-country East African Power Pool with the 12-country Southern African Power Pool.

 With demand for electricity expected to double in the Southern African Power Pool and quadruple in the East African Power Pool within twenty-five years, the pools expect to save $47.5 billion and $32.5 billion respectively due to the regional optimization of power generation and transmission.

Expanding Regional Grids

The Africa Clean Energy Corridor builds on existing programs for power grid infrastructure development.

The Ethiopia-Sudan Transmission Interconnection Project was commissioned in 2013 and implementation of a further 930 miles of power grid for Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda is on-going while interconnections between Kenya and Tanzania; Uganda and DR Congo; and Tanzania and Zambia are advancing.

In May 2013, the Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project was launched as the first step to alleviate an ongoing bottleneck during the cross-border exchange of electric power with construction of a 650-mile power line to interconnect Ethiopia and Kenya. With help, the $1.3 billion project – with loans from the African Development Bank and World Bank – is scheduled to be completed by 2016. The World Bank also approved $380 million on May 2 to help expand sustainable urban infrastructure and services in cities across Ethiopia.

Other projects include:

• In the last five years, the Mozambican government built 4,600 miles of transmission lines, giving the country the third highest electrification rate in the Southern African Development Community region.

• Namibia’s national power utility announced in April a $668 million grid expansion plan over the next five to seven years to deliver power to all parts of the country.

• Kenya’s 2014/2015 budget, announced in April, includes an estimated $91 million for, among other things, new grid connections. Kenya is also in final negotiations for $840 million worth of long term loans from a number of bilateral development lenders, including $160 million expected this September from the African Development Bank, with the goal of connecting 500,000 new customers a year over the next five years to increase electricity access from the current 32 percent to 75 percent.

• The African Development Bank approved a $26 million grant in December 2013 for construction of over 249 miles of power lines and installation of 195 transformer stations in South Sudan, where only 1 percent of the population has access to grid electricity.

Pooling Economic Resources

An interconnected electric grid is important for the economy and businesses that need to make energy-related decisions. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, more than 30 African countries experience power shortages and regular interruptions to service causing firms often lose 5 to 20 percent of potential business and losses to GDP typically ranging from 2 to 6 percent in some African countries.  (Africa Insider, 5/9/2014)

The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project

The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is an important move towards the development of the regional power pool. Construction of the 500KV transmission line links the national grids of the two countries. The program would alleviate the bottleneck problem for the exchange of electric power between the two countries. The project is important because it would serve as the backbone of the East African Regional transmission network.

The project feasibility study completed in 2009 and more than 212 million people will be benefited. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2016 at a total cost of 1.3 billion USD. African Development Bank (ADP) and World Bank (WB) approved the loan.

The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project workshop, which is the first phase of the east African Power Integration Regional program, was officially launched in a ceremony held at Hilton Hotel here in Addis Ababa on May 14,2013.  High-ranking officials from Ethiopia and Kenya, representatives of the World Bank and African Development Bank (AFDB) attended the ceremony.

The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is part of a larger program (The Africa Clean Energy Corridor) to construct an electricity grid throughout Africa.  (EEPCo)