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Telkom fights State over Sh15bn sports complex property

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Summarry;(telcom moved to court accusing the goverment of failing to compensate it for acquiring 60 acre of land)

This is after the Telcom company, which is owned partly by the government, moved to court accusing the government of failing to compensate it for acquiring a 60-acre parcel of land estimated to be worth Sh15 billion.

In court documents, Telkom has accused the Ministry of Sports and the National Land Commission (NLC) of failing to compensate it after showing the intention of compulsorily acquiring the land.

The court battle could derail the construction of the modern sports complex that was nearing completion coming at a time the Jubilee administration is under pressure to deliver on its promise of delivering sports stadia before the end of its term.

The Sh600 million sports complex is expected to have four soccer fields, one rugby field, as well a hockey and athletics running field. The construction of the complex began in August 2020.

The process for the acquisition of land started in March 2017 when the government showed interest in acquiring the land for public use.

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But NLC later published a Gazette Notice in 2017 of the government’s intention to compulsorily acquire the land for the establishment of informal Jua kali operations.

The matter went quiet until 2019 when Telkom asked the government, through the Ministry of Public Service, to withdraw the notice of acquisition because there was no progress.

A year later, the Ministry of Sports invited bids for the construction of the sports complex known as Posta Sports grounds.

Last year, Telkom moved to court and obtained orders stopping any works, pending the determination of the case.

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Kenya’s tourism revenue hit Sh146 billion in 2021

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Kenya’s tourism revenues had an increase of about Sh58 million in December 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, to reach Sh146 billion.

According to Najib Balala the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, this increase was due to an increased number of tourists in 2021 by about 302,617 to reach a total of 870,465 tourists.

The sector earned Sh88.6 billion in 2020, when travel restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 hit the tourism industry.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the figure stood at Sh164 billion but the forecast in 2022 is higher.

The United States was the leading source market for tourists into the country having registered 136,981 arrivals ahead of Uganda 80,067 and Tanzania 74,051.

Other top source markets in the calendar year included the United Kingdom, China and India.

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) meanwhile netted Ksh.1.5 million from park visits as a million Kenyans toured wildlife allied facilities again having fallen below 700,000 in 2020.

International arrivals are expected to top the one million mark again this year with the inbound receipts projected at ksh.172.9 billion.

“We will probably see a recovery by 2024 but not a full recovery as previously expected.

Success will be dependent on how we mitigate the Omicron variant now. So far, we have been resilient,” added CS Balala.

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UK firm to build a new city worth Sh29B next to Nairobi CBD

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Plans to upgrade Nairobi Central Railway Station have begun after Kenya made a deal with the United Kingdom to modernize the station.

January 18 the UK High Commissioner to Kenya shared design plans for the new railway station, terming it as one of her favourite projects in Kenya.

Atkins Global UK-based firm is behind the new Nairobi Central Railway Station design as well as the larger Railway City project which is expected to cost Sh29 billion.

“UK firm Atkins Global has been appointed to design Nairobi’s new Central Train Station and associated public realm, which will provide the centerpiece of Nairobi Railway City,” said UK’s Minister for Africa.

Railway City will take up the land surrounded by Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway and Bunyala Road.

The new Railway City is expected to reduce congestion in the CBD and expand Kenya’s capital by building mixed-use commercial developments, hotels and intermodal facilities.

The project will be implemented in phases for 20 years, with the first phase expected to be complete by 2030.

Matatus currently operating around Kenya Railways Central Station will be removed by end of this month. This will facilitate works on Nairobi Railway City,” 

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KENHA Demolishes about 300 kiosks built on road reserve in Homa Bay.

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Kenya National Highways Authority demolished 300 kiosks to give way for the expansion of the road.

Local traders in Kendu Bay old Town, Karachuonyo Constituency, Homa Bay County have suffered heavy losses.

They demolished the kiosks because the traders were accused of encroaching the road reserve where they constructed their Kiosks for business activities.

The traders expressed concern that their business structures had been torn down without a word of warning from the authority.

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Naivasha SGR/MGR transshipment link goes operational.

They asked the Homa Bay County government to intervene so they could find an alternative site at which to carry out their business activities.

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