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March 22, 2018

You did not fight for Kitale expansion land, Jubilee's Bissau tells 'liar' Khaemba

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba addresses the media outside his office in Kitale, July 31, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba addresses the media outside his office in Kitale, July 31, 2017. /CORAZON WAFULA

Governor Patrick Khaemba should not take credit for the President's allocation of prison land for Kitale's expansion, a Jubilee politician has said.

Kakai Bissau said at the weekend that it is he and Water CS Eugene Wamalwa who fought for the 159 acres of Kitale prison property in Trans Nzoia county.

"Governor Khaemba should not lie that he fought for the land. It was through my efforts and those of CS Eugene that the land was issued to the county government."

During his tour of the county on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta drummed up support for Bissau, Janet Nangabo (woman representative) and Michael Mbito (Senator).

Uhuru said they are the best candidates to oversee and complete projects initiated by the Jubilee government in the county.

"I have ordered that the land be transferred to the county government but on 8 August you should come out in large number to elect Bissau as your governor...He will ensure development projects are accomplished."

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Khaemba had accused Wamalwa of sabotaging county development by denying him prison land for the expansion of Kitale town.

During the launch of campaigns by Jubilee governor candidate Maurice Kakai Bissau months ago, the CS allegedly said the land would only be given after Jubilee candidates win the election.

Khaemba thanked the President for assigning the land saying this will ensure decongestion and guarantee economic growth.

The decision followed three years of talks between the prison department and the county which had requested 1,000 acres.

"I am happy to note that our request to the President and the engagement have borne fruits," he  told a press briefing on Sunday, noting they will make good use of the land.

"We will establish modern zones for retail, wholesale, the light industry, transport, recreation, office and residential projects," he said.

The county boss further noted that his government is pursuing 400 acres from Kenya Forest Service land, 50 from Kenya Railways Cooperation, 200 from Agriculture Development Corporation and 30 from African Inland Church.

"This land will be used for expansion of the town and setting up of a major retail and wholesale center."

The Governor said ADC and AIC land will be used for an industrial park, a university and expansion of Kitale Airstrip.

He added the county has so far acquired 30 acres of land across its 25 wards and set up dispensaries, a market and roads.


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