Urithi Housing Cooperative Society has handed over 1,200 acres to its members who bought land in Malindi, North Coast. The members, who have acquired the land at the society’s Qweto project located in Marereni, come from various counties in the country, including Kilifi.
While presiding over the handing over ceremony in Malindi, Urithi Housing Cooperative Society Limited CEO, Kelvin Majau Muthuri, said this was in line with the society’s endeavour to provide members with investment opportunities in other counties.
“This way, we are creating harmony among people from various communities and regions in Kenya and this will help usher in peace and unity,” said the CEO.
Urithi Housing had purchased 1,600 acres most of which it has successfully sold to its members at affordable prices. The handover saw people from Nairobi, Taita, Siaya, Migori, Nandi, Nakuru, Murang’a and Embu counties, among others, come together to acquire documents for their land.
Through joint investment, Urithi Housing Cooperative officials say they have added value to its members by offering agricultural opportunities through farming of green grams that do well in Kilifi.
“We have opened job opportunities here for the youth and other development opportunities such as improved infrastructure,” Majau said. During the event, Urithi members led by Majau got an opportunity to donate food to the Marereni residents.
They also committed themselves to start a school feeding programme for pupils at Kanyumbuni Primary School, which has a population of 170 pupils, but whose attendance is about 10 per cent due to lack of food.
“We want to raise this attendance to 100 per cent. Members have also promised to help provide improved health services to residents,” said the CEO. Marereni residents, led by Andu Ward Administrator and area chief Kahindi Kazungu, welcomed the new members to their community.
“We love development and we are a peaceful people and we welcome our Urithi with open hearts,” said one resident. Residents vowed to work with their new friends to develop the area.