Kenyatta family has voluntarily given out a 2,000 acres of land in Taita Taveta for resettlement of squatters.
According to Statehouse Spokesman Manoa Esipisu, President Uhuru Kenyatta who is winding down his engagement in Mombasa and the Coast region will be coming back soon to issue title deeds to the squatters.
President Uhuru has been at the Coast close to a month, attending to the most important aspects of the economic life of the region including land and tourism.
“ He has walked the town by day and by night, and by the accounts of the Coast’s own leaders — including Governors Ali Hassan Joho and Amason Kingi — it has been tremendously impactful on the tourism industry.” Manoa said during press briefing at statehouse Mombasa on Thursday.
The President visited various areas including Mombasa Port where he had meetings with various stakeholders about the port and initiated ongoing discussions about strengthening and improving its management.
His visit at the Kenya Ferry Services headquarters in Likoni two weeks ago show changes in leadership in the corporation after three top managers including its managing director were fired.
The effect of leadership changes at the Kenya Ferry Services has already seen the existing ferries now operational, significantly shortening the waiting times at Likoni ferry crossings according to the Statehouse.
The Head of state also commissioned work on tarmacking and dualling of a number of roads in Mombasa and Lamu including the new Airport road in Changamwe which is currently under construction.
To allow the 24-hour economy to take root in Mombasa and other major towns in the country, the President launched the National Street Lighting Project in Mombasa.
The Mombasa street lighting project is being implemented at a cost of Ksh.224 million.
On the land question, the President issued more than 12,000 title deeds to squatters in Lamu and Likoni Mombasa.
According to Statehouse Spokesman “The President has promised to deliver the land answer to the land question, and at Mtwapa again he promised to look at cases involving 21 settlements with similar issues as the Waitiki land.”
Finally this week, the President commissioned the 600-million Baricho Water project in Malindi and later led a pre-campaign cum public baraza at Lango Baya in Kilifi where he drummed support for JAP candidate in the forthcoming Malindi by-election Philip Charo.
Meanwhile, Esipisu says the President will return soon to the Coast to visit Kwale, Tana River and Taita Taveta counties. “The main objective will be to meet the people and listen to their development concerns with a view to addressing them. He will also issue title deeds, commission water and road projects, as well as do a spot check on the street lighting project.”
One of the projects on the President’s priority list once he returns at the Coast is the refurbishing of Jomo Kenyatta Primary School in Msambweni, Kwale County.
“The President is leading an initiative to raise funds to renovate and re-tool the school, which is close to his heart. This is in line with his determination to ensure quality learning in all parts of the country.”Said Mr. Esipisu.
Jomo Kenyatta Primary School in Mombasa is where the found of nation , the late Jomo Kenyatta ,died during his tour of the area.
The Statehouse spokesman further revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta will continue to work from other counties outside of our nation’s capital Nairobi in the coming months.
President Uhuru Coast visit comes to an end as Opposition leader Raila Odinga is set to begin his tour of the region this weekend ahead of the Malindi by election campaigns.
During his visit, Raila is expected to drum support for ODM candidate for the Malindi seat Mr Baraka Mtengo.