Kitengela’s rising population appears to have a direct bearing to increased commercial and development activities in the area, with ultramodern shopping malls, high-rise buildings, medical facilities, private universities, high-cost academies and residential apartments coming up at a startling rate.
Such are the vintage developments that have since wiped out slaughterhouses in the town to pave way for human settlement and accompanying economic activities.
With its economy largely drawn from industrial and commercial activities from nearby establishments like the East African Portland Cement, Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), Savannah Cement, Kenchic and Athi River Mining, Kitengela’s ever-increasing demand for property is an absolute reality.
Standing on a 340-hactare piece of land, the EPZ alone is a key player in the property market in Kitengela – directly and indirectly – with the net effect of spurring growth of the town and its environs.
How did this dusty town, some 35 km south of Nairobi, charm its way into the hearts of developers, home buyers and speculators?
“It all boils down to business prospects that are largely captive to prospective customer needs,” says Benard Wafula, who represents Kitengela based Geotech Enterprises real estate agency.
Major factors that turned Kitengela around overnight include availability of relatively cheap land, accessibility to the capital city, the flawless Namanga Highway besides the relative peace and stability.
Kitengela is home to a multi-ethnic populace that has for years defied pockets of ethnic animosity and political grandstanding typical of many regions across the country. Indeed, the infamous 2007/2008 post-election mayhem saw hordes of immigrants from troubled spots in Nairobi trooping to the town in droves in search of the much-needed peace.
Its proximity to the emerging Konza technocity partly occasioned the paradigm shift that is Kitengela’s unfettered property boom. Speculators have been in a frenzied mood of buying and holding on to vast chunks of land in anticipation of an imminent buyer’s windfall.