Governor Lenku orders for closure of Tata Chemicals in Magadi

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku says Tata Chemicals Magadi transshipment facility cum depot will be closed starting Monday for contravening the law.

This over a feud of over Ksh 17 billion in unpaid land rate owed to the County Government of Kajiado.

An agitated Governor Ole Lenku say the company has contravened the County’s Finance Act and the Public Health Act as well the National Government’s Mining Act (2016).

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This comes barely two weeks after TATA Chemicals Company said they could not pay the amount demanded by the County Government.

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Last weekend TATA Chemical Company bulldozers flattened new County Government offices at Magadi town under construction claiming they were pyut up on land leased by the company.

Ole Lenku however says the soda ash investor must comply with local laws or close shop.

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The order to close the company over environmental concerns comes at a time the investor is embroiled in a court battle over defaulted land rates amounting to Sh 17 billion.

The closure of the depot will paralyze operations at Magadi Plant where soda ash and other raw materials are packed and transported vie railway to Mombasa port.

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Two weeks ago the County Government temporary closed the depot for four days in an attempt to arm-twist TATA chemicals to pay the amount owed.

The tussle is taking a political dimension with local leaders calling for dialogue to solve the matter.

Attempts to reach the TATA chemicals Management were futile as they were reported to be in a crisis meeting on the new development.

 

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