Article: Kenya’s emotive land issues must be handled with care – Magesha Ngwiri

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Magesha Ngwiri] Many people believe there are only two ways to look at the issues surrounding the thousands of acres owned by non-Kenyan farmers in many parts of the country — either the land reverts to its original “owners”, which means it will being taken over by the wealthy, or some…


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New survey to determine size of Del Monte land in Murang’a

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by David Mwere] The Ministry of Land is on the spotlight over a syndicate of irregular renewal of leases of land to Del Monte Kenya Limited. This comes after it emerged that officials from the ministry could not even tell the total acreage that the fruit farm has in Murang’a. Appearing before…


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Petitioners claim Del Monte sits on land acquired illegally (Murang’a County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Moses Nyamori] Residents of Murang’a County have accused Del Monte, a multi-national fruit processor, of holding thousands of acres of idle land. Kandara Residents Association told National Assembly’s Lands Committee chaired by Rachael Nyamai that the firm was only utilising 7,000 acres, leaving 15,000 idle. They insisted that the firm acquired…


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MPs step into Del Monte land duel in Murang’a

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Edwin Mutai] Parliament has stepped into the land row pitting Kandara residents and Del Monte amid the push for the processor to cede part of the land. The National Assembly’s Lands Committee issued the directive to the Ministry of Lands to ascertain whether Del Monte Kenya Limited owns LR number 12158…


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Del Monte, two counties wrestle for 60,000 acre pineapple farm

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Paul Ogemba] A case between Del Monte and two county governments over a 60,000 acre land epitomises an unfolding battle for renewal of land leases in Kenya. The multi-national fruit maker has been battling Kiambu and Murang’a counties for the renewal of its 99-years lease in cases pending before the High…


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KWS eyes millions from lodge, campsite leases

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Brian Ngugi] The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has invited investors to develop and manage more than 20 of its hospitality establishments, including luxury lodges, restaurants and tented camps, as it seeks to diversify revenue streams. The lodges on offer to potential investors are located in Kenya’s prime game reserves and parks…


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Tea companies headed to court as counties push for higher land rates (Rift Valley)

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Tom Matoke] The row surrounding expiry of leases for multinationals in tea growing zones in Rift Valley may now be headed to the courts after the firms vowed to block counties from imposing Sh10,000 new land rates per acre yearly. The multinationals have complained that the new rates will drive them…


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