•“I’m directing the concerned directorates in my government to launch a crackdown on all the offenders and ensure proper compliance with the established guidelines on development,” Ndeti said.
It’s mandatory to seek approvals from the county’s Department of Lands, Housing, Urban Development and Energy before commencement of any development, Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti has said.
Ndeti cautioned both local and foreign investors who may be tempted to evade remitting necessary revenues to her administration by implementing development projects in Machakos County without approvals.
“We have experienced some isolated incidents where developers have proceeded with construction works without the necessary approvals and authorisation. That behaviour must stop,” Ndeti said.
The County CEO spoke when she presided over the official groundbreaking of the Greatwall Gardens phase six housing project in Athi River, Machakos County on Thursday. The project is being implemented by Erdemann Properties Limited
“We are an orderly government and expect the same from those who wish to invest in Machakos County,” Ndeti said.
She cited Mavoko, Matungulu, Machakos town and Matuu in Yatta subcounty as some of the areas where cases of people attempting to construct structures without necessary approvals from her administration had been reported.
“I’m directing the concerned directorates in my government to launch a crackdown on all the offenders and ensure proper compliance with the established guidelines on development,” Ndeti said.
She said her administration has remained steadfast in promoting policies that attract investors in real estate.
“I appreciate the efforts by Erdemann Properties Limited for their sustained campaign in participating in this region’s development, especially in the area of housing," she said.
"There is no doubt that such efforts will retain Machakos as a leader among the preferred destinations for housing and other infrastructure, considering our proximity to the capital city as I usually say, we are Nairobi's bedroom."
Ndeti said Mavoko’s overall development had triggered a ripple effect in the local economy by creating thousands of both direct and indirect job opportunities for the youth.
“My government has been offering the best investment environment for both local and foreign investors and we are keen on sustaining that culture because we believe it will ultimately be of mutual benefit,” Ndeti said.
“I’m happy that numerous investors in the real estate industry have expressed interest in launching development projects in Machakos and we have opened doors for them. My government commits to remain consistent in investing in the necessary infrastructure including roads, water and sewerage services."