After State House intervened in wrangling between the County and Tata Chemicals on land rates, the company on Friday issued bursary cheques worth Sh320, 000.
The money was handed over to a committee of 20 members from Mosiro Ward led by their MCA, Peter Tirishe, by Eng. Francis ole Sakimpa of Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd.
Sakimpa said the money is from the company’s corporate social responsibility kit which was agreed upon between the community members and the mining company during the construction of an 80 km road from Magadi to Mosiro.
From independence, Mosiro had never had a road connection between Kajiado headquarters through Magadi. The road that was completed about three months ago was fully funded by Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd.
For close to two months, the company has suffered hostilities from the county government which has accused it from reneging from paying land rates that date back to 2013, and which has accumulated to over Sh17 billion.
Kajiado West DCC, William Kakimoni hosted Mosiro and Tata Chemicals Magadi representatives in his Oltinka offices and called on them to work together in bettering the lives of the local people.
The residents said they are happy with Tata Chemicals for its continued support to the community and appealed to consider them for available jobs.
During a meeting with Kajiado leaders at State House, some two weeks ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta told them to respect those who have invested in their county by giving them motivation.
“It is important that we provide a good working condition to our investors. There is a need that we support each other, and I am promising that I will intervene in that wrangle between you and Magadi,” an insider in the meeting disclosed.
Three days after the President made the landmark remark he dispatched Rift Valley regional coordinator, Mongo Chimwanga, to Magadi and meet with chiefs and the mining company officials.
What Chimwanga talked with Magadi has never been made public, and it appears that Governor Lenku, who had also announced that he would close down the company’s stores in Kajiado town, gave up his plans.
During the thanksgiving of his former Education Minister, Samuel Seki, Lenku said he would be closing down the stores the following week, and his threat never came to pass.
After the denial of the Dalalekutuk viral video, now about 2 weeks, Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd has sprung back to its CSR projects in and around Magadi in assisting people to get water and paying school fees to needy students from Kajiado in secondary, colleges and universities across the country.