A Sh500 million ultra-modern building to house the Nyandarua County Assembly is to be constructed in Ol Kalou town with the assistance of the Israeli government.
The assembly has been running its affairs from a rented building in the town that houses the county headquarters.
County Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome said Israel has agreed to assist the Nyandarua County government put up the new building.
He spoke during ground breaking for a prefabricated County Assembly building that will cost Sh25 million. The prefabricated building will be completed in eight weeks and will be used until the the Israel-funded one is ready.
The Speaker said the Sh25 million was raised by reducing allocations to other assembly vote heads since no money had been set aside for the project.
During the ground breaking on Wednesday, Deputy Governor Waithaka Mwangi, who was the chief guest, denied that the county government had suspended all private development projects in Ol Kalou town.
The government had only been demanding production of documents of ownership of all plots in the town before approving any development, he explained.
The area had suffered a crisis of multiple allocation of plots, he said, and blamed officers of the defunct Nyandarua County Council for the mess.
The Deputy Governor directed the county physical planner to furnish the governor’s office with the current physical plan of Ol Kalou town by today to help the county government determine the developments that land had been allocated for. The previous council illegally sold land meant for sewage treatment works for the town, he claimed.
Mr Mwangi fell short of telling people allocated land in the past but failed to develop them within the stipulated period of 24 months that they had no claim over the land.
“Here we have people who were allocated land over 20 years ago and have not developed them but still hold the same for speculative purposes, the law says that if you fail to develop land given to you with 24 months, then you are supposed to surrender that land to the government for reallocation,” the deputy governor said.
Father J.M Kiarie of the Nyahururu Catholic diocese, who conducted blessing of the ground, challenged the County government to ensure any project it starts is carried to completion. This he said can be achieved through proper preparedness.