Murang’a residents denied 7,447 acres of Del Monte land

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Monday October 04 2021

Lands CS Farida Karoney

Ministry of Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney. PHOTO | NMG

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By EDWIN MUTAI

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Summary

  • The Lands ministry has denied Murang’a residents 7,447 acres of Enlighten land held by multinational fruit juice processor Del Monte.
  • Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney now says there’ll not be any extra land as LR No 12203/1/2, whose hire expired in July 2019, had been allocated to the Kiambu County.
  • Parliament had ordered the Director of Gaze to resurvey the entire land Del Monte Kenya Restricted holds.

The Lands ministry has denied Murang’a residents 7,447 acres of Enlighten land held by multinational fruit juice processor Del Monte.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney now says there’ll not be any extra land as LR No 12203/1/2, whose hire expired in July 2019, had been allocated to the Kiambu County.

Parliament had ordered the Director of Gaze to resurvey the entire land Del Monte Kenya Restricted holds.

The National Land Commission had in a Licensed Survey No 1995, dated March 1, 2021, ordered that any extra land be shared between the locals and the 2 counties on a 70-30 percent basis.

Kandara Residents Affiliation had petitioned Parliament to divulge the Land ministry to allocate residents public land that’s below Del Monte.

The Committee on Implementation of Home Resolutions final week accused Ms Karoney of usurping the powers of the NLC by proposing that the land be given to the county authorities in notify of residents who had petitioned for allocation of the identical.

“The Cabinet secretary is usurping the powers of NLC, which is unconstitutional,” Moitalel ole Kenta, who chairs the committee, mentioned.

The committee met with the Kandara Residents Affiliation to safe their views following the ministry’s verdict.

The committee had earlier demanded to know the circumstances below which the land that turned into once mentioned to had been surrendered by two companies, Sassa Espresso and Rappit B. Restricted were later irregularly bought by Del Monte Kenya Restricted.

The 2 companies had in 1973 surrendered LR No 12158 measuring 2,900 acres in Murang’a County that’s registered in the title of Del Monte Kenya. The land turned into once an amalgamation of L.R Nos. 10862, 11312, 2953, 4873 and 11146.

NLC chairperson Gershom Otachi had in earlier submissions to the committee mentioned the parcels of land were in the beginning owned by Chui Estates Restricted up to 1973 when, through a memorandum of registration transfer of lands and at a consideration of Sh2 million, they were transferred to the authorities of Kenya. The transfer turned into once performed in 1973.

“The commission, alternatively, taking mutter of the passage of time and parties serious in regards to the transaction won’t unearth extra dinky print that necessitated the transfer nor amalgamation of the mentioned parcels of land,” Mr Otachi instructed the committee when he seemed alongside Ms Karoney.

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