New 4,000 acre city planned near Machakos

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua. Photo/ FILE

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua. Photo/ FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12 – The construction of a new 4,000-acre city near Machakos town is set to break ground in August, according to the County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua.

The county government plans to build new hospitals, schools, and residential areas of different income levels on the land that is adjacent to the current town.

“The old Machakos town is congested; we can’t even get offices for my ministers, there is no space to set up anything right now. We need to create room even for banks,” Mutua told Capital FM Business.

Earlier this month the county hosted an investors conference to discuss and facilitate investment in real estate, tourism, health, water, transport, banking, and agriculture among others.

“We signed 125 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with an input of Sh289 billion during the investors briefing,” he revealed. “Our idea is to be one step ahead of Konza City in order to accrue its benefits.”

Mutua said he wanted to transform Machakos into a module county for Kenya through fighting poverty and creating employment.

“We will facilitate and not frustrate business,” he said.

The county has also set aside 50 acres to create an entertainment city to house film and music studios, as well as land for drama and action production.

“We plan to create our own Hollywood in the county dubbed Machahood.” he quipped.

“We have also established more than 1,000 acres of land around the county, for solar firms and wind turbines so as to generate over 500 megawatts of power to supplement the national grind for our development needs,” he added.

A new airport near Konza City will also be built through a public private partnership module in addition to airstrips in every constituency.

  • Maina Mathenge

    Thats the way mutua thinks should be done its very encouraging to hear so much development agenda to raise the standard of those who voted you in and those who did not vote for you thats the way to go

  • Carey

    Scrap the national assembly,let the senate and the governors work!

    • Austine Mutiga Theiya

      I concur, this NA is a total letdown. We should have seen this during constitution making and should have done away with it. We should retain the Senate. We need to lobby for the Senators, Governors and County Reps to be empowered and the NA to be disbanded by changing the constitution.

  • palmax

    So why do we need MPs? Governors and Senators will help lift the standards of masses. I hope Mutua’s dream comes to pass.

    • Austine Mutiga Theiya

      NA is a total letdown. We should have seen this during
      constitution making and should have done away with it. We should retain
      the Senate and support total devolution. We don’t need over 300 busy bodies who are championing personal interests only. We need to lobby for the Senators, Governors and County Reps
      to be empowered and the NA to be disbanded by changing the
      constitution.

  • Terrylynn Wawy

    The county enjoys availability of idle land unlike some counties where land issue is a challenge and Mutua is taking this opportunity seriously. Konza city is another opportunity and an added advantage to the county’s development strategic plan. Machakos people are lucky to have such a governor, full of energy, focus and a visionary. Hope this will be a lesson to other counties to elect able people next time.