Grabbed library land repossessed, plans to develop it in top gear

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The  Thika  MP, Patrick  Wainaina (second left) being  taken through a land map of a three quarters acre plot belonging  to  the Kenya Library  Services that had been grabbed on Saturday July 11, 2020. Photo by KNA.

Thika  leadership has repossessed a three quarters acre plot belonging to the Kenya National Library Services that had been grabbed by unknown individuals.

The  piece of land is located in Thika’s Section 9 Estate and had been set aside for the construction of a new library before it landed in the hands of corrupt individuals.

A  visit by the press at the prime  site  on Saturday established that it was still idle, with a few temporary structures erected on its sides.

The  Thika  MP, Patrick  Wainaina  who led the recovery exercise said the land had three title deeds, which his office managed to have revoked.

He said they were in the process of getting a title deed for the plot, and that through the NGCDF, they will fund the construction of a new library at a cost of Sh. 30 Million.

Wainaina said designs for the new library were being done and other processes have been laid down, so that construction works can begin.

The new library will complement an old one that is almost 30 years old, located next to Mount Kenya University.

He said the new library will be equipped with modern study materials, computers and Wifi connections to help learners and residents in research and other services.

“The Sh.30 million is not enough and we call for support from donors. This new library will be one of a kind, well equipped with modern equipment to help learners and residents,” said Wainaina.

The MP at the same time raised concern over high cases of land grabbing especially of public land in Thika town, mostly abetted by land officials.

He  in fact called for a land clinic to clean up land fraud, which had become a security risk in Thika town.

The legislature warned land officials who were colluding with fraudsters to give out fake title deeds or double allocate land that their days were numbered.

He  said the officials would be held personally accountable for such illegalities.

By  Muoki  Charles

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