In Summary
  • About 50 Chinese investors approached Governor Wangamati showing interest in the project.
  • But lack of adequate land had hampered their plans.

Plans to build the first ever multi-billion-shilling industrial park in Bungoma are now in jeopardy after the county government revealed that it lacks land for the project.

Whereas the investors who have shown interest in the development want 200 acres, the county government has less than 100 acres available for the project.

On Monday, County Director of Communications Tim Machi told the Nation that there are about 90 acres of land in Webuye, part of which has been grabbed.

“Part of the county land where this project is set to be undertaken has been grabbed by leaders. This is the main reason the project is yet to be implemented,” said Mr Machi.

CHINESE INVESTORS

He indicated that about 50 Chinese investors had approached Governor Wycliffe Wangamati with an interest in the project but lack of adequate land had hampered their plan.

“We have been approached by over 50 Chinese investors who had requested us to provide them with about 200 acres of land around Mwananchi area in Webuye but, unfortunately, we only had 90 acres,” said Mr Machi.

He said the county government is racing against time to resolve the problem after the investors expressed willingness to set up shops immediately land is made available to them.

“You don’t build an industrial park, you facilitate the building of an industrial park. The building is done by investors and we have investors who have told us what they want,” Mr Machi said.

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