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Govt to repossess grabbed slaughterhouse land

28 October 2014, 17:15 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Nakuru - The Nakuru County Assembly Committe on Agriculture on Monday said all residential houses constructed on the Municipal Slaughterhouse's nine-acre piece of land must be demolished and its ownership reverted to the public.

The committee chairman, Mwangi Waithaka said that actual plan indicates that the slaughterhouse belongs to the county government, and it stands on a 10-acres of land but the same has been alienated by unscrupulous council fathers who sold the same to private developers for residential development where only a paltry one acre was reserved for the abattoir's use.

The formerly municipal-owned slaughterhouse was established in 1943 to supply meat to the armed forces.

"We have already issued a notice to the people occupying the land and we will be tabling a motion at the county assembly,” he said.

Workers at the slaughterhouse told the committee members who conducted an inspection tour that they lacked adequate holding ground for the slaughterhouse which had also hampered its development into a fully fledged meat processing and packaging facility.

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Lower revenue collected had also affected its operations leading to disconnection of essential services such as water and electricity.

He added that in the 2014-2015 budget Sh 1.5 million was allocated towards the expansion of the slaughter house but the funds were yet to be allocatred for the slaughterhouse's expansion.

Nakuru East's sub-county Veterinary Officer, Dr Githui Kabu said that the category of the slaughterhouse requires at least three acres saying reduction in its size could adversely affect its status leading to its de-classification to a lower grade.

Dr Kabu added that the slaughterhouse used to process upto 10 carcases a day for supply to the neighbouring counties, which is not the case now.

Waithaka vowed that his committee would recommend that all titledeeds issued for the holding ground be revolked and all occupants kicked out to enabe the slaughterhouse's expansion to take off within the shortest time possible.

He added that the grabbed land has an estimated value of over KES 10 million.

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