Kangata hosts US Ambassador at Kihiu Mwiri revives Delmonte lease debate

By Ndungu Gachane

US ambassador Kyle Mc Carter at Kihiu Mwiri

Senate Chief Whip Irungu Kangata has called for tripartite dialogue between Muranga County Government, Delmonte Kenya and the Kandara residents Association to bring to an end the stalemate that has halted the renewal of leases for the multi national company.

Mr Kangata who hosted an American Ambassador Kyle Mc Carter at Kihiu Mwiri village during a food drive said the dialogue should consider a win win situation to both the locals and the multi national company.

He proposed that part of the land should be ceded to establish a University Hospital Complex which shall be used by the Delmonte employees, Residents of Gatanga, Kandara, Kigumo and those from Machakos County who neighbors the fruit juice company and who have no access to hospitals.

“Other than offering medical services, the complex will also be a teaching facility where medics practitioners will receive training. It should be constructed under the private public partnership with the American government assisting in its construction,” Mr Kangata said.

He also called for partnership with the American based companies after the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Kenya and America where cooperatives in Muranga would be assisted by companies such as Delmonte in value addition.

The ambassador said America will not push Kenya for debts

We have agricultural products in Muranga which are exported to America and with assistance of companies like Delmonte, we could get maximum returns. The Delmonte company has manufacturing capacity, ” he added.

On his part the ambassador called for honest for the discussions.

He advised politicians to stop engage in politicking to help their electorates.

“The discussions should be honest and truthful we need companies such as Delmonte for self reliance,” the ambassador said.

He added that the America Kenya ties was based on friendship and not for business purposes noting that they (America) would continue supporting Kenya in the fight against Covid-19.

He said to date US has pumped Sh100 billion in the fight against the pandemic but noted that Sh5 billion has been pumped to the country.

He said both Kenya and America has a shared value of generosity saying his country will not push Kenya to pay the debts.

During the function, hundreds of locals benefitted from food donation thanks to Mr Kangata’s lobbying.

Partners who assisted the Chief Whip included the Delmonte, Madison insurance and an individual Wakili Edward Muriu who has been engaged in changing lives.

He said he shall continue supporting leaders to help the poor.

“When I heard about the event, made up my mind to support the Whip since I understand low income earners are worst hit by the pandemic,” he said.

Other leaders who graced the function include Mary Waithira (Maragua) Nduati Ngugi (Gatanga) and Wangari Mwaniki (Kigumo)

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