Johnstone Muthama fails to stop Alfred Mutua’s city launch

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Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama yesterday failed in his bid to block today’s launch of the proposed Machakos City.

Muthama had sought orders from the High Court in Nairobi to stop the ground breaking of the proposed multibillion shilling project by President Uhuru Kenyatta today.

Muthama says the land on which the proposed city is to be constructed has been irregularly acquired.

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However, High Court judge Weldon Korir rejected the senator’s plea saying he could not issue such orders without hearing all parties involved.

Justice Korir said the senator went to court at the eleventh hour and he did not show evidence that he was not aware of the planned launch.

The county government of Machakos plans to build modern central business district with schools, hospitals and residential areas of different income levels on a 4000, acres land.

There is a dispute over the 1,425-acre which are part Machakos veterinary farm.

Muthama said yesterday that unless the project is stopped, the ministry of agriculture will lose its property and the people of Machakos will be denied the benefits of the research carried out on the land.

Justice Korir said it is impossible to hear and determine the issues Muthama was raised before today’s event.

– the-star.co.ke

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