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Governor Ferdinand Waititu signs memorandum

Waititu renews Del Monte's 8,000 acres leasehold

The leasehold of Del Monte Kenya's 8,000-acre land has been renewed for another 99 years. In return, the food processing firm has surrendered 635 acres to the county. The North American company holds over 22,000 acres in Murang’a and Kiambu counties.



Governor Waititu and Del Monte managing director Gkaliamoutsas
signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday

Waititu assured the company that his administration would continue to provide a conducive environment to encourage it to invest more in the county. He asked his Murang’a counterpart, Mwangi wa Iria, to follow his example and renew Del Monte’s leasehold for the land in his jurisdiction.

There has been a dispute between the company and the Murang’a County leadership over the renewal of the lease. In suit papers filed in court in 2015, Mr Gkaliamoutsas indicated that political leaders from Murang’a had demanded over 3,000 acres of land from Del Monte as a condition to renew the lease that expires next year. In court, Del Monte said it had agreed to give up 500 acres and later increased this to 1,000 acres.

According to standardmedia.co.ke, the Murang’a leaders later withdrew the offer of renewing the lease in exchange for land and instead increased their demands.

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