Del Monte land to be given to slum dwellers, Waititu says
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claims“The land in Kiandutu and other slums in Thika is not enough for the people. We have to look for land elsewhere where they can live comfortably. The Del Monte land, which is now available, is for everybody,” he said. The remarks by the governor contravene the stand by the National Land Commission, which recently stated the land that will be surrendered by the company will be public land. NLC acting chairperson Abigael Mbagaya while speaking to the Standard said the land that will be surrendered will was meant for public use only. “That land is not for Kiambu County, it becomes public land and it has been planned for. According to the law, the land cannot be used for private purposes,'' Mbagaya said. Mr Waititu in September raised a storm after he signed a deal with the company’s Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, agreeing to facilitate the renewal of leasehold for the firm’s 8,000-acre land in Kiambu for another 99 years.
SEE ALSO :Detectives quiz Waititu's entire cabinetIn return, the food processing firm agreed to surrender 635 acres to the county. Thika MP Patrick Wainaina, who was also present, said there is a need proper public participation and consultation. Mr Wainaina said the 635 acres that has been given out by the company is too little to settle all the people from the slums in Thika. “The land surrendered is very little and the people cannot fit there. It is not the kind of land that you can tell people to go and subdivide for themselves. If you do that, it will only create violence and bloodshed,” said Mr Wainaina. The MP said the best option is to put up markets, hospitals, jua kali stalls so that many residents can benefit by doing business.
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