NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – More than 50 companies have purchased land at Tatu City, with more than a dozen firms already open.
Another 10 are under construction following the successful approval by Kiambu County government to begin building works.
Tatu City Commercial Sales Manager Tito Oduk says the county will no longer be the authority approving construction at the 5,000-acre project.
“We are working hand in hand with the county government to resolve any outstanding issues, and there is also new legislation declaring Tatu City a Special Planning Area which will move the control of giving permission and approvals to a national level,” said Oduk.
This means there will be a central government office within the premises of Tatu City that will speed the approval process.
“There will be a one-stop national government shop within Tatu City under the Ministry of Planning, so all our buyers and tenants will get their approvals within 30 days in a much more orderly and a predictable way,” he adds.
Earlier, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu said that his government will only approve the construction plans only if they would get a share of Tatu City land for public use.
Waititu has currently been barred from office over Sh51.2 billion graft case.
When complete, Tatu City will have more than150,000 residents.
Head of Urban Management Tatu City Jacqueline Maigua also confirmed that Tatu City also has installed infrastructure such as electricity and water to be used for construction works and also for residents who already live in the City.
“We have two utility companies which have already been licensed – Tatu Power Company and Tatu Water Company – and an ICT Company to ensure that all the services within Tatu City are well maintained,” said Maigua.
90 percent of the first phase of the 900-acre industrial park has already been sold as the whole city is already 20 percent developed, with rapid growth expected in the next years.