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Tobiko Questions County’s Rationale In Taxing Freehold Land Owners

Kajiado East MP, Peris Tobiko, on Sunday told the county government to forget its intended move to charge land rates freehold title owners.

Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko at the PCEA, Kitengela on Sunday, March 10. Photo/COURTESY.

Tobiko’s announcement at PCEA Kitengela that she will rally the entire county to object Governor Joseph Lenku’s order to charge freehold title owners land rates will put her on loggerhead with the county boss.

“This is unacceptable, unworkable, impossible, and cannot happen in this county because freehold title is absolute ownership of the land and the county government has no business in it,” said Tobiko.

Tobiko’s rejection of Governor Lenku’s plan mooted out of his Finance Bill gives impetus to a movement in Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Ngong, and Olkeri led by Kajiado MCAs that have rejected the county government plans.

MP Tobiko told Lenku that charging people rates on their ancestral land is an alien arrangement, oppressive and aimed at frustrating landowners in Kajiado.

The MP, who was accompanied by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, said she is grateful to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for uniting the country through their handshake.

“As the Kajiado MP, I fully support the President in his fight against corruption. These stories we are hearing about billions of shilling having been stolen in the construction of dams is not good for the country,” she said.

She said the allegedly lost money should have been used to better the lives of Kenyans in the provision of water.

The MP said; “Talking of water, I recently told President Kenyatta while he was on his way to Arusha that Kitengela is in dire need of the commodity and he also listened to the cry’s of many.”

She said that after letting the President understand the plight of Kitengela people as regards the unending problems of water, he promised to act on the matter and even sent his Water CS to meet with her.

“After we deliberated on the same with the CS, it was agreed that the national government will provide direct water to Kitengela and not through the Export Processing Zone, the county government’s duty is to take that commodity to the houses,” said Tobiko.

She said she is taking issue with Lenku again on the same for suggesting that the county government will put up water kiosk where the commodity would be sold to the residents.

Lenku, while in Kajiado about two weeks ago, said the prices of water per 20-litre jerricans will be less than Sh5.

“Why is Lenku taking the people of Kitengela to 17th Century when water was transported by donkey carts? A modern woman living on a 7th floor needs water from the pipes in the house and not kiosks,” said Tobiko.

She said the county government is receiving over Sh9 billion each year and the same should be used in simplifying lives of people in providing them with piped water and not kiosks in designated areas.

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