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Mamilionea Wa Kenya?

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Kenyan-Tanzanian, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Kenyan-Tanzanian

    Kenyan-Tanzanian JF-Expert Member

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    Wakati sisi wananchi kama siafu tunahangaika kutafuta hali ndani ya dunia ya Mwenyezi Mungu hawa mabwana kubwa, wengi ambao wa jamii fulani Kenya, kweli wanazidi kutafuna matunda ya uhuru si mchezo!

    Hebu someni wenyewe vile asilimia 80% ya ardhi iliyonzuri inamilikiwa na asilimia 20% ya nchi halafu uniambie eti wanachi poeni msilete noma!



    Most of the power brokers in the Kenyatta regime who formed land-buying companies established huge farms in the Rift Valley either jointly or on their own. They included Njenga Karume, the then Chairman of Gema Holdings, who acquired 20,000 acres in Molo where he is growing tea, coffee, pyrethrum and potatoes and 16,000 acres in Naivasha and sleeping comfortably in his mansion in central province.

    GG Kariuki acquired his 5,000 acres at Rumuruti, Laikipia Division, while former Attoney-General Charles Njonjo bought into the 100,000 acre Solio Ranch. Don't forget, grabbing of settler land in Central by many colonial collaborators, at the expense of the Mau Mau fighters, was part of the scheme. Senior Chief Munyinge from Muiga took 400 acres. Initially, senior chief Munyinge was allocated only 70 acres but with time he managed to acquire 330 more acres.

    Mwai Kibaki acquired 20,000 acres in Nanyuki, Former MP Munene Kairu has 32,000 acres at Rumuruti. Mr Isaiah Mathenge, the former powerful Provincial Commissioner under Kenyatta and an MP under Moi, is arguably the largest land owner in Nyeri municipality.

    He owns Seremwai Estate, which is 10,000 acres. Kibaki's friend, Kim Ngatende, a former government engineer, has 500 acres too. Mathenge also owns 'jointly with former Provincial Commissioner Lukas Daudi Galgalo" the 10, 000-acre Manyagalo Ranch in Meru.

    Back in Rift Valley.

    Land-buying companies were heisting big. There result was big acquisitions, for instance, Munyeki Farm 'which stands for Murang'a, Nyeri, Kiambu' (4,000 acres), Wamuini Farm (6,000 acres), Amuka Farm (2,000 acres), Gituaraba Farm and Githatha Farm (1,000 acres each) and GEMA Holdings 12,000 acres. A few of them are being utilized, today with the owners growing various crops ranging from coffee, tea, maize and dairy keeping.

    The other big farms include Chepchomo Farm (18, 000 acres), owned by the former Provincial Commissioner Ishmael Chelang'a. The family of the late Peter Kinyanjui, who was a close friend of President Mwai Kibaki and a former DP Chairman in Trans Nzoia between 1998 and 1999 owns 1,800
    acres. The former Assistant Police Com. Erastus Mungai grabbed his share in Murunyu, Rongai and Mombasa ..

    In Nakuru, several politically connected individuals have acquired many acres of prime land within the town they include lawyer Mutula Kilonzo, who owns an 800-acre farm for dairy farming. The immediate former Auditor General, D S Njoroge, owns 500 acres, while Biwott's Canadian son-in-law & co-owner of Safaricom (Mobitelea) a Mr. Charles, boasts a 100-acre piece where he is growing roses. Dr.Sally Kosgei and Prof. George Saitoti are neighbours at the Thika blue post hotel.

    D. S. Njoroge also owns the extensive Kelelwa Ranch in Koibatek, which is less than 10km from Kabarak, where he rears cattle and goats. The 10,000 acre Gitomwa Farm 'acronym for Gichuru, Tony and Mwaura" is owned by the family of the former Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC) managing director, Samuel Gichuru. Tony and Mwaura are his sons.

    Another 10,000 acre farm in Mau Narok belongs to the family of the late Mbiyu Koinange, Kenyatta's side-kick and powerful minister of state in the Office of the President. His Muthera Farm (4,000ha) is leased to different people to grow wheat, while a group of squatters is demanding a piece of it. The owners are yet to clear the Sh7 million Settlement Transfer Fund loan.

    Ford-People leader Simeon Nyachae's Kabansora Holdings owns 4,000ha in the area and Thika road Juja, where he grows roses. Former Rongai MP Willy Komen's family owns 10,000 acres 5,000ha adjacent to Moi's Kabarak Farm and another 4,800ha near Ngata in Njoro.

    Coast Province was not spared. Kenyatta family owns almost 15% the prime resort land in the province, besides a huge sisal plantation spanning both Taita and Taveta districts, safely watched by his son-in-law and former MP Marsden Madoka, and another close friend to Uhuru Kenyatta, and current Minister in Kibaki's illegitimate government, Naomi Shaban.

    Kenyatta, Moi and Kibaki Land Holdings

    Kenya's two former First Families and the family of President Mwai Kibaki are among the biggest landowners in the country. The extended Kenyatta family alone owns an estimated 500,000 acres "approximately the size of Nyanza Province" according to estimates by independent surveyors and Ministry of Lands officials. (This report first appeared in the Standard Newspaper report by Mr. Otsieno Namwaya)

    The Kibaki and Moi families also own large tracts, most held in the names of sons and daughters and other close family members, all concentrated within the 17.2 % of Kenya that is arable or valued. Remember that 80 per cent of all land in Kenya is mostly arid and semi arid land.

    According to the Kenya Land Alliance, more than a 65% of all arable land in Kenya is in the hands of only 20 per cent of the 35 million Kenyans.. That has left millions absolutely landless while another 67 per cent on average own less than an acre per person.

    The building land crises in the country, experts say, will be difficult to solve because the most powerful people in the country are also among its biggest landowners.

    The tracts of land under the Kenyatta family are so widely distributed within the numerous members in various parts of the country that it is an almost impossible task to locate all of them and establish their exact sizes.

    During Kenyatta's 15-year tenure in State House, he used the elaborate STFS scheme funded by the World Bank and the British Government, to acquired large pieces of land all over the country. Other tracts, he easily allocated to his family.

    Among the best-known parcels owned by Kenyatta's family, for instance, are the 24,000 acres in Taveta sub-district adjacent to the 74,000 acres owned by former MP Basil Criticos.

    Others are 50,000 acres in Taita that is currently under Mrs Beth Mugo, an Assistant minister of Education and niece of Kenyatta, 29,000 acres in Kahawa Sukari along the Nairobi Thika highway, the 10,000 acre Gichea Farm in Gatundu, 5,000 acres in Thika, 9,000 acres in Kasarani and the 5,000-acre Muthaita Farm.

    These are beside others such as Brookside Farm, Green Lee Estate, Njagu Farm in Juja, a quarry in Dandora in Nairobi and a 10,000-acre ranch in Naivasha. There is another 200 acres in Mombasa, and 250 acres in Malindi.

    Other pieces of land owned by the Kenyatta family include the 52,000-acre farm in Nakuru and a 20,000-acre one, also known as Gichea Farm, in Bahati under Kenyatta's daughter, Margaret. Besides, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, widow of the former President, owns another 10, 000 acres in Rumuruti while a close relative of the Kenyatta family, a Mrs Kamau, has 40,000 acres in Endebes in the Rift Valley Province.

    Uhuru owns 5,000 acres in Eldoret, 3,000 acres in Rongai and 12,000 acres in Naivasha, 100 acres in Karen, and 200 acres in Dagoretti. A 1,000-acre farm in Dagoretti is owned by Kenyatta's first wife Wahu.

    It is also understood that part of the land on which Kenyatta and omo Kenyatta Universities are constructed initially belonged the Criticos family. The government bought the land from him in 1972 under the Settlement Transfer Fund Scheme and transferred to the Kenyatta family the same day Criticos sold it to the government. Land for the two universities was subsequently sold partly and a portion donated by the family.

    One of President Kibaki's earliest grabs is the 1,200-acre Gingalily Farm along the Nakuru-Solai road. And in the 1970s, Kibaki, who was then the minister for Finance under Kenyatta, via STFS transferred to himself, 10,000 acres in Bahati from the then Agriculture minister Bruce Mckenzie after grabbing 400 million from the treasury.
    Kibaki also owns another 10,000 acres at Igwamiti in Laikipia and 10,000 acres in Rumuruti in Naivasha. These are in addition to the 1,600 acre Ruare Ranch.

    Just next to Kibaki's Bahati land are Moi's 20,000 acres although his best known piece of land is the 1,600 Kabarak Farm on which he has retired. It is one of the most well utilised farms in the area, with wheat, maize and dairy cattle.

    The former President owns another 20, 000 acres in Olenguruoni in Rift Valley, on which he is growing tea and has also built the Kiptakich Tea Factory (recently torched). He also has some 20,000 acres in Molo. He also has another 3,000-acre farm in Bahati on both sides of the Nakuru/Nyahururu road where he grows coffee and some 400 acres in Nakuru on which he was initially growing coffee.

    The former President also owns the controversy ridden 50,000 acre Ol Pajeta Farm part of which has Ol Pajeta ranch in Rumuruti, Laikipia. Some time in 2004 Moi put out an advert in the press warning the public that some unknown people were sub-dividing and selling it.

    This is clearly a socio-political problem that requires a political solution. It involves digging up the archives, consulting experts, policy makers, local politicians and community elders to find a comprehensive solution

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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Hali ya Kenya na Tz ni tofauti..pamoja na kuwa watu wengi ni maskini ila wana ardhi!

    Sasa hapa ina tofauti gani kati ya hali inayotokea ZimbabwE?

    Uhuru did this mean transfering land wealth to African few elites?

    Kaazi kweki kweli!
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    Hauxtable JF-Expert Member

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    Sawa mkuu, Wa-Tz tuna ardhi,lakini tunazitumiya kimaendeleo kweli??
    Mi-nimepata ishi Kenya(6yrs),nimetembelea maeneo mbaliX2,kwakweli ukiachilia R.valley,Coast&Nairobi na Milimani(Ubaders,Mt.Kenya)sehemu nyingi utakuta ni kilimo cha Umwagiliaji(Maua,Matunda),Chai pamoja na Viwanda,sehemu kubwa ya ardhi yao haijakaa bure!!
    Leo hii Tz.ktk Mahoteli yetu hata Uyoga inabidi tuagize ktk Kenya!!labda ule Mradi wa Mzee wetu Rashidi Kawawa pale Kiluvya utasaidiya lasivyo Kazi ipooo!!

    Pamoja na sababu za Kisiasa zilizopelekea Wa-Zimbabwe kugawa ardhi kwa walio wengi, je kumiliki huko kwa ardhi kunawasaidiya kweli? wamengo'a Tobbaco,leo hii hata mahindi hawawezi kulima!

    **Anyway talking of Kenyans,nimesikitishwa sana kusikia kuwa yale mazungumzo ya upatanishi wa Kisiasa yaliyosimamiwa na Bw.Anan, yamevunjwa bila ya kupata suluhu.so sad!!
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Maendeleo ndugu yangu ndo hayo Wakenya sasa wanachinjana kama kuku kwa vile wachache tu ndo wanamiliki ardhi na wengi ni maskini wa kutupwa wanaishi Mathare Slums!
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    Rubabi Senior Member

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    Mapigano yanayotokea kenya yanachangiwa na wakubwa hawa ambao badala ya enzi zile kugawa ardhi kwa wasio nayo,walijipa wenyewe.

    Idadi ya watu inazidi kuongezeka kenya, hizi land pressures bado zitaendelea kuleta matatizo.Labda TZ under EAC tufungue mipaka yetu tuwaruhusu hawa wawe Tenants..maana wengi Tanzania wana ardhi tena ya nyingi na bado ni maskini wa kutupwa.