Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o on Monday issued an apology following publication of a list of land-rate defaulters that included former Vice-President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and EALA MP Oburu Odinga.
The County Government explained that the list published by the Kisumu Land Task-Force Committee was erroneous.
Committee Secretary Nicholas Migot had confirmed on Saturday that the late Vice-President, registered as Ajuma Oginga Odinga, and Oburu were among the 581 defaulters, a list which includes companies and individuals.
The list was further published in a local daily by Kisumu County Secretary Dr Olang’o Onudi.
It indicated that Ajuma Oginga Odinga, the owner of Kisumu Bloc 12/222, owed the county Sh7,774,099.
It further stated that Oburu, brother of ODM leader Raila Odinga, owed Kisumu County Sh295,743 for Bloc 7/509.
A former Chairman of the task-force who also served as a Councillor under the previous dispensation, however, explained that they once passed a resolution exempting Oginga and other unnamed individuals from the payments due to their unique contributions to Kisumu and Kenya.
“During my time as a councillor, that was the resolution that was made. It touched on Jaramogi because of his status and contributions to the society,” stated Mr George Weda.
The defaulters had been warned to clear their debts by December 21, with task-force chair Migot noting that they would lose their parcels of land to investors seeking to set up shop in Kisumu.
“The county government of Kisumu hereby gives notice to the general public and land rate defaulters, that for efficient land rate management and verification of ownership records as captured, the defaulters are directed to pay all their dues by December 21.
“The defaulters must first seek clearance from the task force clearance center at Kisumu works yard, where their invoices shall be ascertained, and thereon proceed to make payment as shall be directed,” the notice read in part.