High Court quashes Sh 17 billion Tata rates’ debt

Kajiado News Update

Kajiado News Update

We are bold in presenting our news as we move to all Maa counties across the country.

Caption: Gateway to Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd/KNU.

High Court has today quashed the repayment of more than Sh17 billion owed the county government by Tata Chemicals Magadi.

At the same time Justice Reuben Nyakundi, who only gave highlights of his final judgment at Kajiado High Court, said the constitution allows county governments to charge rates at justifiable rates.

Nyakundi held that Tata Chemicals Magadi cannot pay the more than Sh17 billion that it owes the Kajiado county government because it is not economically tenable.

Justice Nyakundi said, however, because the constitution allows county government to charge rates on land that has no minerals, he will refer the case of rates to an arbitration team that will be led by the country’s CS for Mining, John Munyes.

Nyakundi’s ruling means that if the entire land (224,000 acres) under concession has minerals, the county government will not qualify to charge rates because that is the preserve of the national government which charges royalties for mining work.

As it is now, in simple language, the county cannot charge rates in the land Lake Magadi is sitting because that is the source of Magadi soda ash.

By subjecting the two parties into arbitration, the matter now lies on the hands of Munyes until the matter is resolved amicably.

Justice Nyakundi emphasised that the county government should not interfere with the land under concession in Magadi until the matter under arbitration is resolved.

Full ruling of the matter is expected to be released to the two parties on Monday, next week.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Do you need a website? Search no more. BraIT Consulting Limited is an industry-leading & most reliable full-service web design company in Kenya. They also do digital marketing, graphic design, Search Engine Marketing (SEO), Content Marketing among others.

They design cost-effective and aesthetic websites, logos, and digital designs that will blow your mind. Take a sample look of their work below!

You May Also Like

Robert Masila joins F1 at Machakos School.

Well-wishers raise Sh112,300 to turn Masila’s dreams into reality

Deschamps, who lives in France, said she saw the touching story of Masila trending on social media and decided to help.

Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko became the first woman in Maa nation to be elected in independent Kenya in the 2013 general election.

Appetite for leadership in women rising steadily in Kajiado

“They have seen it happen. It is doable and Kenyans are ready for women leadership at all levels,” said Tobiko.

The women power.

Kajiado’s growing number of women in elective politics

Despite the resistance coming from the elders of the Kajiado Maasai, Tobiko concentrated on her campaigns in the urban areas of Kajiado East and won the hearts of the non-Maasai voters.

Subscribe to Kajiado
News Update

Be the first to get updated.