Confusion looms in Makueni County over alleged altercation of Machakos/Makueni County Boundary that has seen Konza city ‘relocated’ from Makueni to Machakos County.
The location of the proposed multi-million technopolis is now the subject of a tussle between Makueni and Machakos Counties, both claiming ownership of the city.
The latest development has created a heated exchange of bitter words between leaders of the two counties.
Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki on Monday led a group of Makueni residents in protesting the alleged relocation of the city to Machakos County at Malili Town.
“I went to the Ministry of Lands to get the latest on the development of the Konza City. I was shocked to realize the city was no longer in Makueni County,” said Ndambuki.
“This is a scam that needs to be investigated and those behind it taken to book,” added Ndambuki.
Ndambuki is accusing Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua of masterminding the relocation of the Techno Polis site after allegedly failing to secure the 4,000 acres of land he had promised investors.
“I am sure that there is no land equivalent to the one Mutua promised his investors. The land promised is indeed Konza city and Mutua wants to grab it from us. I want to warn him that this will only happen over our dead bodies” a bitter Ndambuki said.
Ndambuki is also accusing the Makueni Governor Professor Kivutha Kibwana and Kajiado Governor Dr. David Nkedianye of remaining silent while such an atrocity was taking place.
Ndambuki said the two governors have been meeting up with Mutua and the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information Dr. fred Matiangi, yet they have never raised alarm over the anomaly.
Mutua, through his County Secretary Francis Mwaka denied the allegations of ever altering the boundaries.
“It is unfortunate that such remarks are coming from law makers who clearly know the process of altering boundaries,” said Mwaka.
“The issue of a new Konza development plan map is new to us and the office of the Machakos governor is not privy to such,” added Mwaka.
Initial documents from the Ministry of Lands and that of Information indicated that a larger portion of the city would be in Makueni County, with Machakos and Kajiado enjoying the 10km buffer zone.
However, a new map from the Ministry of Lands titled ‘Konza Technocity Buffer Zone Regulation Plan’ indicates that the site of the city has completely been curved from Makueni and is now in Machakos County.
According to Ndambuki, the new map dated June 6, 2013 is the final map that will guide the development of the city.
A gazette notice of the completion of the Konza Technocity buffer zone local physical development plan released on June 14, 2013 indicated that the three governors had been furnished with the complete development plan.
The Notice, signed by the Director of Physical Planning Augustine Masinde, reads in part, “notice is hereby given that preparation of the above development plan was completed on May 27, 2013.”
“A copy of the development plan has been deposited for public inspection at the office of Chief Malili, Director of Physical Planning Nairobi, Office of the County Physical Planning Officers and the Governors’ offices,” the notice further reads.
Makueni speaker Stephen Ngelu however said that there is no such notice in any Makueni office adding that if it was released and someone must have ‘sat on it’.
Ndambuki has called for immediate suspension of all works within the techno polis site until a solution to the boundary row is reached.