Deal brokered in Kemri Mwea land controversy

Deal brokered in Kemri Mwea land controversy

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Stalled Sh15 billion Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kirinyaga Centre will get a title deed on October 1 after Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho brokered the deal.
Kibicho with Interior and Coordination of National Government cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i met locals at his Harambee House office in Nairobi recently and the issue of the title deed was resolved.
Eight MCAs from the county and all the area MPs, including the women representative and the senator met with the cabinet secretary, in the presence of the county deputy governor, Peter Ndambi.

The county government had made demands to Kemri before the institution could be issued with the title deed that led to the stalling of the project. Among the demands were that locals be considered in tenders and employment.
Kemri has erected a perimeter wall on the 100-acre land. Former area governor Joseph Ndathi set the land for the centre.
The teaching, research and referral medical centre is to constructed to serve Central, Eastern and North Eastern region residents with specialised treatment.
The centre when fully operational will comprise of a post- graduate university, research centre, a hospital and a diagnostic laboratory.
Records from Kemri has it that the university wing will be admitting post graduate students in various disciplines and will also have room for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students.
“I think we should be grateful to the government for such an important project which will not only serve Kirinyaga people but the entire northern region,” the area MCA