Tatu City declines to handover land to Kiambu County Gov’t


Tatu City grounds in Kenya. PHOTO | COURTESY
Tatu City grounds in Kenya. PHOTO | COURTESY

Tatu City developers have declined to surrender ten percent of their 5,000 acre land to the county government.

This comes weeks after Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu ordered them to submit their land for public use.

Head of Tatu City Nick Langford said the demands by the county government were unreasonable considering they had made considerable investments.

The development is currently playing host to a number of industries, schools and housing units.

During the open day that Tatu City held at their Kijani Ridge the developer also called for tax breaks to incentives investors in the housing sector.

“We will not surrender 10percent of our land to the County Government there is no legal requirement to surrender that land to the County Government. We will comply with all law we have in our plan which we have approval for 30percent of green land on Tatu City,” said Nick Langford, Head of Tatu City.

“There are roads, there are common areas, there are parks, there are schools, there is land all way in excess of 10percecnt allocated for social amenities and for the public to enjoy.”

Meanwhile, Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City have put up a similar development in the West African state of Nigeria.

The Alaro City, like Tatu is a mixed-income, city-scale development with planned areas for office blocks, logistics and warehousing, health facilities, schools, parks and open spaces.

The project conceived by Rendeavour – Africa’s largest new city builder and the Lagos State Government, Alaro City is expected to boost foreign direct investments to Nigeria helping alleviate runaway unemployment by adding tens of thousands of jobs to the local economy.

Multinational companies have already jumped to the opportunities represented in the new city by commencing on the construction of facilities onsite.

Rendeavour is responsible for the construction seven new cities on the continent to include homogenous developments in Ghana, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An approximate Ksh.20 billion (USD 250 million) is invested into each project to create the infrastructure that will serve to help sustain and accelerate Africa’s economic growth meeting the aspirations of the continents burgeoning middle-class and serving as a catalyst to further urban development.

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