Research institute set to lose KES.20 billion property to grabbers
07 November 2014, 20:55
Nairobi - A government research organization is set to lose property worth more than KES.20 billion if urgent measures are not take to wade off grabbers who have for years been eyeing its prime parcels of land and infrastructures therein.
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (Kalro) which was previously known as Kenya Agricultural Research institute (Kari) is crying out due to imminent loss of its prime pieces of land that are extensively used by its Dairy Research Institute (DRI), based in Naivasha Sub-County within Nakuru County.
Livestock technologies and breeds developed in the institute have benefited not only Kenya but many other countries in the Eastern and Central African sub-region.
While speaking to journalists in Nyeri, Dr Titus P. Lanyasunya who is the DRI director said out of the institute’s seven parcels of land, the government is set to lose five of them to powerful individuals in current and past regimes as well an array of other fraudsters claiming ownership of the same pieces of land.
“Kalro has seven pieces of land measuring about 4,000 hectares (about 10,000 acres) but of these, about half is either already taken away or is in the verge of being grabbed. This is a very sad state of affairs given the importance of research in our national building,” said Dr Lanyasunya.
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He equated the grabbing of research land facilities to grabbing of referral hospitals which Kenyans rely on critical services.
“It is not only shameful but immoral whichever one looks at it. That is why we are asking all concerned, especially the Jubilee government to intervene,” Dr Lanyasunya added in an interview.
All the parcels of land are situated less than five kilometers from Naivasha town with some being adjacent to Lake Naivasha, which make them very prime and attractive to investors interested in floriculture, horticulture and hospitality industries.
Lanyasunya said of these farms, only two; Lower Farm and Ol-Magogo Farm I, which have a total acreage of about 1772 hectares are fully under Kalro use which translates to about 48 per cent of the total pieces of land that was set aside for livestock quarantine and research about 111 years ago.
“These pieces of land are in prime area and simple calculation will disclose the land is valued at more than KES.20 billion, notwithstanding the infrastructures therein. The figure could go up to more than KES.25 billion if you valued the cost of existing buildings and machinery,” he said.
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