Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has revisited his plans to build a modern city in the county, noting that former Senator Johnson Muthama and other agencies blocked the process using court injunctions.
Speaking during an interview on Thursday morning, Governor Mutua claimed that he got investment worth Sh2.1 Trillion, but plans to allocate land for the projects was challenged in court.
He further noted that a six-year injunction was issued thereby forcing the investors to abandon the project.
According to the governor, by the time the injunction was lifted, the investors had already invested in other countries like Rwanda, Uganda, Angola among others.
Mutua argued that had the investments been allowed, Kenya would have really advanced in matters of healthcare, to a position of being able to manufacture its own antiretroviral vaccines (ARVs).
“In 2013, I had investors coming in with Sh2.1 Trillion to start a new city, hospitals and provide over half a million jobs what happened is the National Land Commission (NLC) and Senator Muthama went to court and we got an injunction for 6 years so we couldn’t move to allocate land.
“Those investors got tired of waiting…We are suffering today as a country because we would have had superb hospitals,” Mutua said in part.
Mutua made the remarks while weighing in on the stale between the Kenyan and United States government's oversupply of ARVs to the country.
The United States government maintains that KEMSA has a tainted image, and as such, it cannot issue the vaccines to the agency. Kenya on the other hand wants KEMSA used as the main supplier of the drugs.