Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has dismissed claims that his administration had hiked land rates.
The county chief was responding after some landowners threatened to go to court claiming Mandago’s administration had introduced extra charges that would burden land owners.
Mandago said dubious individuals had weaved a false narrative to fleece locals of their money on pretense that they were preparing a court battle.
He clarified that the valuation roll was still in its early stages and was far from implementation even as he expressed shock that the matter was finding its way into court.
“If you want you want to go to court, go our prayers as a county government to appoint an independent valuer to give us the value of the property. Let us not abuse the court process yet the valuation roll has not been implemented.” Said Mandago.
Speaking to the media at his office, Mandago asked locals to acquaint themselves with the proposed valuation roll which he insisted was yet to go for public participation to collect views from residents.
“We have not made a decision and I see people saying there is an increase of 600 per cent from when? We have not even gone to public participation, it has not even come to the executive committee meeting for decision making, we still have a long way to go”. clarified Mandago.