Kenya Railways commits to lease Kitale to county government of Trans Nzoia

Kenya Railway’s director Mr. Christopher Mumo with Trans Nzoia deputy governor Dr. Stanley Tarus at the county offices in Kitale. Photo/CGTN

The Kenya Railways Company has made a commitment to lease part of its idle land within Kitale town to the county government of Trans Nzoia towards its ambitious urban development plan.

Area deputy Governor Stanley Tarus on Friday played host to a team from the Railways firm who toured the ten acre piece of land that is earmarked for leasing to ease congestion in the town.

Dr. Tarus said availability of the land will be a great boost to plans to decongest the town whose growing number of traders has surpassed the initial plan put in place during colonial times.

“We are greatful that our request to have part of the railway land towards our urban development plan is bearing fruits. This will enable us to decongest our town,” he told journalists in an interview.

Mr. Christopher Mumo who is a director at the Kenya railways company said the firm had reached the agreement with the devolved unit following a series of talks with the county leadership.

“We have agreed to lease the piece of land to the county government to accommodate the growing number of traders. Some of our temporal leaseholders will be affected in this arrangement,” said Mr. Mumo.

The Trans Nzoia county assembly’s town planning committee chairman Alfred Weswa said the piece of land will effectively accommodate traders who are set to be displaced by a dual carrier set to snake its way through Kitale town.

“Limited land for town expansion has been a great impediment to urban development plans since initial land that was earmarked for this purpose was grabbed by some individuals,” noted the Sirende ward MCA.

The county government has been advocating for more land from the national government intuitions (Kenya Railways, GK prisons and the Kenya Forest Service) to expand Kitale town.

On Sunday, Deputy president William Ruto who led a funds drive at the ACK church in Kitale said plans to transfer the Kitale Medium Prison land to the county government for town planning were at an advanced stage.