Nakuru County government moves to reclaim grabbed land

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui. PHOTO COURTESY.
Nakuru county government has announced a major exercise seeking to reclaim all grabbed land that belonged to the defunct county and municipal council.

To this end, the county has formed a committee that seeks to come up with a report identifying the grabbed parcels of land and those currently holding them.

The move comes a couple of months after the EACC recovered several parcels of public land that had been grabbed and handed them back to the county. According to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, some unscrupulous traders took advantage of the transition period to grab the prime land across the county.

He said that it was becoming hard to implement development projects due to the current crisis which had been contributed by a cartel.

“We shall launch the committee next week and we expect a report by 60 days before the country attorney and the land department moves in to reclaim it,” he said.

The Governor expressed his concern over the number of parcels of public land grabbed and called on the electorate to work with the committee.

Speaking while on a development tour of various projects in Naivasha, Kinyanjui at the same time put contractors on notice over shoddy and delayed work.

The move comes a couple of months after the EACC recovered several parcels of public land that had been grabbed and handed them back to the county.

“We have formed projects management committees and no contractor will be paid until their project is approved by the tax payers,” he said.

During the tour, he launched the construction of the Sh150m Naivasha modern retail market, Mungu health centre and Maraigushu market. Kinyanjui added that the county had obtained two acres along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway for the construction of a fish market and a parking.

“For years youths have been selling their fish openly along the highway and this posses a health challenge but this will be addressed through the market,” he said.

During the tour, The CEC for Health Dr Kariuki Gichuki said that plans were underway to open all the stalled health centers in the county.

“The county is keen to make sure that the health of area residents is addressed and plans are underway to employ over 300 health workers this financial year,” he said.

Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja whom was the goat said that the county assembly fully backed the planned repossession of grabbed public land.

“This market that the governor has launched its construction today had been grabbed but we managed to repossess it and all we require is a title deed,” he said.