County government to reclaim grabbed prison’s land

Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria said his government will reclaim grabbed GK prison land warning private developers who have encroached on the utility of prosecution.

Wa Iria who toured the area Saturday noted that some unscrupulous people took advantage of the unfenced land to hive off part of it � a move he said will be resisted to the hilt.

He promised to have the land surveyed and fenced as soon as operations at the County offices were normalized adding that government institutions ought to have title deeds for their land.

Wa Iria was responding to pleas from the officer In-charge of the GK prison, Mr. Benson Madegwa, who sought help from the devolved unit saying the facility lacked land for expansion due to encroachment by private developers.

The land we have is becoming smaller and smaller by day as some individuals continue to grab it. This has denied us a chance to do farming and put up more facilities to train our inmates, said Madegwa.

The governor said his administration will also construct a vocational training centre and equip it to assist in training inmates on various courses.

In our programme of equipping youth polytechnics, we will equip the workshop within the prisons to enable the inmates get proper training so that when released may embark in constructive work to the community, he added.

The governor had visited the facility to pay fines for 26 petty offenders who were unable to raise the required amounts.

The gesture was in appreciation of his re-election for a second term in office

Source: Kenya News Agency