Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu, on Monday, outlawed the uprooting of coffee and tea bushes by investors for construction in his county.
Addressing journalists at his office, the Governor noted that the move is aimed at reviving the coffee and tea sector, which he claimed had been dwindling.
He further cautioned the private developers known for this activity stating that those who purchase land in tea and coffee estates should continue tending them.
[caption caption="Ferdinand Waititu (Twitter)"][/caption]
“Real estate developers who have bought land in tea or coffee estates should henceforth stop uprooting them. Those found contravening the directive will be dealt with accordingly.
“We do not want to see people uprooting coffee to put up houses.We want to revive the sector, So, build in areas without coffee,” the Governor remarked.
He explained that coffee farming had suffered a setback from the real estate business which has been perceived to have better returns compared to the coffee farming.
During the presser, the Governor also announced the plan to build 13,000 units, which will be available for the residents at affordable prices.
In regards to revenue collection, he reiterated that small-scale businesses had been exempted from paying any fees.
He further added that revenue collection had rapidly improved from Sh9 Million to Sh46 Million per week, adding that the funds will be used for development.
[caption caption="Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu (Facebook)"][/caption]
Meanwhile, the Governor on Monday sued his Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu over the charcoal ban in Kitui, which he claimed was misguided and had caused severe damage to businessmen whose vehicles were burnt down.
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