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Troubled Embakasi ranch directors push for Sh337m sendoff package

Sunday February 4 2018

Land principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri. file photo | nmg

Land principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri. file photo | nmg 

MWANGI MUIRURI
By MWANGI MUIRURI
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Embakasi Ranching Company directors are pushing for charges on shareholders that could amount to a Sh337 million sendoff package.

Government officials mandated with overseeing the doomed winding-up process say the fees from the 15,000 shareholders (initially just over 13,000) include Sh5,000 registration fee as well as Sh20,000 site-visit and titling fees.

This is despite Land principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri’s directive to the directors to bring down the charges to a flat Sh5,000, which will translate to a sendoff package of just Sh7.5 million.

Dr Muraguri said the dilemma the government desk overseeing the winding-up process is facing is that the ranch is a private company with its bylaws.

He called upon ranch chairman Thuita Mwangi to be sensitive to the plight of the shareholders who have waited since 1978 to fully own their parcels.

Dr Muraguri said the President is eager to issue title-deeds as early as possible after missing the initial February 1 deadline that the ministry had set for the conclusion of the process.

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The ranch still has serious operation flaws with many complaints about ownership, swapping of plots and double allocations.

Dr Muraguri said the government has and will continue to support shareholders “including but not limited to waiving off all titling fees applicable.”

The President has ordered that Land ministry services for the shareholders in the winding up process be zero-rated.