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Kirinyaga to repossess 7000 plots whose owners have defaulted on land rates 

The County Government of Kirinyaga has announced its intention to repossess land belonging to defaulters who have not been paying land rates and ground rent.

According to the County Executive Committee Member for Lands, Physical and Urban Planning, Samuel Kanjobe, the property owners owe the county over KES 250 million in arrears. 

Kanjobe explained that the plots were allocated to their current owners but have not been paying land rates and ground rent as stipulated in the agreement.

The county government has issued a 30-day notice to defaulters to pay their levies and arrears failure, which will lead to the loss of their land plus any developments on it. 

“This time, the government is determined to take back its land from those who were given the plots but have not been honouring their part of obligation,” Kanjobe said. 

The county government has intensified its revenue mobilization initiative through the campaign “Mapema Ndio Best”. The campaign seeks to ensure 100% compliance with the payment of all trading licenses by March 31.  

Governor Anne Waiguru has urged traders and property owners to pay their trading licenses to enable the government to deliver services. 

“We are asking all the traders and property owners to pay all due licenses and levies so as to enable us to continue delivering services. Our hospitals need drugs, we need to pay doctors, rehabilitate roads and ensure uninterrupted supply of water,” Waiguru said. 

Kanjobe clarified that the county has not increased the land rates as it was still using the municipal valuation roll. However, the department is developing a new valuation roll that could see current land rates increased in the future. 

The department has set up desks to handle cases of default payment at the county headquarters and sub-county offices.  

Chief Officer John Makumi said prompt payment of all due levies will help the county government speed up development projects and offer all services. 

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