Kiambu County Government lifts ban on change of land user
The Kiambu county government has lifted a ban on change of land use that had been issued last year. The ban was lifted after a successful completion of the land use zoning to guide proper utilization of land.
Through a public notice issued by Administration Executive Wilson Maroa, developers were advised that all applications (subdivisions, building plans, laying of Fiber Optic Cables, Change and Extension of User, Extension of Leases) etc. must be submitted for vetting at respective Sub-county Planning offices and that advertisement for the Change of User shall be undertaken at the instructions of the County Government and at the applicants’ cost.
Kiambu Lands Executive Esther Kaloki, Deputy Governor Gerald Githinji and Land Development and Governance Institute chairman Ibrahim Mwathane
The county government had halted all change-of-land-use transactions until they designate agricultural and commercial areas. The County Executive Committee Member in Charge of Lands & Physical Planning Eunice Kaloki said that the temporary stoppage of change of user was aimed at safeguarding tea and coffee which had quickly been taken over by the booming housing sector in the county.
The Institute of Surveyors of Kenya had last month denounced the move by some counties including Kiambu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kajiado to halt the transactions as they sort out the mess in their land records and master plans. However, Kiambu has established a ward-based service delivery structure to help with prompt service delivery across the county.
Kiambu County Business Agenda validated
Kiambu Couty Deputy Governor H.E Gerald Githinji and Central Kenya Chapter Chairman Mr. Rajan Shah during the breakfast meeting
The Kiambu County Business Agenda was validated on 15th April 2014, at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club during a breakfast meeting attended by officials of BMO’s in Kiambu County. KAM Central Chapter Chairman Rajan Shah reiterated the need for a conducive environment for business.
“The business community only requires an enabling environment from the County government and we will do the rest of the work. Regular dialogue and constant conversations are the only way out to foster collaboration on the county’s business agenda,” said Rajan.
The County Executive Committee members (CECs) present each gave a presentation on the progress in their dockets. The CEC for Roads & Infrastructure informed the meeting that they had already graded 500 KM out of the 5000KM of roads in the county and work was ongoing. However the issue of quality was raised which she responded by saying that they were ensuring high quality of the work done.
The newly elected County Assembly Speaker Mr. Gathii Irungu said that he is keen on public participation and assured the private sector that for any new laws and policies, the assembly will seek the opinion and input from the stakeholders as required by law.
The Deputy Governor in his closing remarks thanked the business community for their continued support and reiterated that the county government is doing all it can to provide a conducive business environment.