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Makueni's giant Konza ranch to be subdivided

By | June 21st 2011

By Daniel Nzia

Shareholders of the Konza Ranch Society in Makueni County have endorsed a proposal to subdivide the giant ranch.

The unanimous endorsement was given during a public hearing organised by the National Environment Management Authority.

Led by their chairman, David Mutangili, the more than 14,900 members agreed to subdivide the ranch.

"It is the wish of the membership that the ranch be sub divided into individual parcels for agriculture and commercial purposes," said Mutangili.

In the proposal, he said each member would be allocated 10 acres of land for agricultural development, and a further two acres for commercial development.

He warned politicians against interfering in the affairs of the society, saying they would resist their machinations at all costs.

"This is the property of bonafide Konza ranch shareholders and not politicians," he said in reference to a letter sent by Kilome MP, Harun Mwau, objecting to the subdivision.

Mukaa DC, Julius Otieno assured members that their views would be taken seriously.

Regulations followed

Makueni County Council Chairman, Benard Musau, said the council was not against the subdivision of the ranch, but said all the regulations that govern the process will have to be followed.

He added that public utilities such as schools, churches, health facilities, dams, roads and dumping sites among others must have land set aside during the exercise.

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