The government has compulsorily acquired 100 acres of land in Kirinyaga for the mega Sh15 billion Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) centre project.
This brings to an end the tussle between the national government and Kirinyaga County Government over the land, which has seen an acrimonious fallout between Governor Anne Waiguru and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
Yesterday, Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri confirmed the government had cancelled the title deed held by Kirinyaga County Government and issued a fresh one to Kemri.
Dr Muraguri said his ministry had engaged the National Lands Commission (NLC) in seeking for new title deed after the tussle with county government escalated.
The PS showed a copy of the title deed issued on April 16 for the parcel ref: Mwea/ Mutithi/strip 1449 that measures 40.29ha (100 acres) and which he said funds will be released to commence the project without further delay.
“We satisfied the NLC and other organs that KEMRI project is for the national good and, collectively, we arrived at a decision to award this parcel in lease agreement,” said Muraguri.
The governor has been fighting for an assurance that locals be guaranteed job opportunities as well as other benefits to accrue from the project.Locals MPs Kabinga Wachira (Mwea), Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu) and Munene Wambugu (Kirinyaga Central) welcomed the cancellation of the county title deed.