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4 MPs want government to expedite re-surveying of Del Monte Land

4 MPs drawn from Kiambu and Murang'a counties are calling on the Director of Survey to expedite the re-surveying of Del Monte Land whose 99-year lease expires in 2022.

Eng. Patrick Wainaina (Thika), Joseph Nduati (Gatanga), Simon King’ara (Ruiru) and Jude Njomo (Kiambu town) say that the delay in renewing the lease has affected the multi-million company’s investment decisions and development.

They added that the delay could lead to loss of at least 34,000 direct and indirect jobs especially if the company’s land lease is not renewed.

They regretted that the delay in renewing the lease even after Del Monte applied for the same 12 years ago could see the country lose Ksh 10 billion in foreign exchange including Ksh 7.5 billion on supplier’s backward linkage.

The company that enjoys a turnover of over Ksh 10 billion annually owns 22,000 acres of land.

Should the company be found to be having land it does not use, Wainaina said the parcels would be converted into public use where an industrial park, schools, cottage industries, low-cost housing and hospitals could be built to benefit the public.

The multinational company has been embroiled in a tussle with lobbyists under the patronage of the Kandara Residents Association, Kiambu and Murang’a Counties.

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