A committee has been put in place that will oversee the process of actualizing the president’s directive on handing over prison land to Trans Nzoia County government.
Trans Nzoia governor Patrick Khaemba said that the process to acquire the 159 acre plot that belonged to prison started after a committee led by the director of correctional services Opemba Teddy met his team.
I am happy that the three year period negotiations between my government and the national government is finally bearing fruits, he said.
He dismissed claims that the directive by the President asking prisons department to hand over the land to Trans Nzoia county government last week was a political gimmick aimed at wooing voters in Jubilee.
According to the governor, his office has already received official communication from the national government on the same and expressed optism that Trans Nzoia County government will own the land for expansion.
He however said that the process to own the 159 acres will take a long process as all logistics must be done to legalize the process.
The governor said that once due process has been done, the county government will execute a plan that will see the expansion of Kitale town to a more developed city.
Kitale town seats on almost on 18 square meters government land and the ownership of prison land will pave way for expansion of the town.
The directive by the president on prison land has attracted political attention with incumbent governor Patrick Khaemba claiming fame for working towards the acquisition of the land while the Jubilee candidate Maurice Kakai Bisau saying its him who influenced the president to give the county government land.
Source: Kenya News Agency