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Urithi acquires 5,000 acres in Kilifi county

Lulu Gardens is located near the Lamu-Malindi road, 70kms from the Galana Kulalu Irrigation Scheme, which targets to irrigate one million acres of land to produce cereals.

James Wakahiu @PeopleDailyKe

Urithi Housing Coop Society Limited has acquired another 5,000 acres in Malindi, Kilifi county at the Coast for sale to interested members.

Urithi Sales Training Manager, Gabriel Ng’ang’a, says the society went a notch higher by acquiring this land not only to underscore the ineligible right of Kenyans owning land in every part of the country, but also to get suitable land at pocket-friendly prices.

He said as Urithi celebrates its fifth anniversary, they wants to make merry for their members by offering them affordable land. The land, dubbed Lulu Gardens Malindi, has already been subdivided into parcels of six acres suitable for farming, speculation and settlement.

“We want to reward our loyal members by selling a block of five acres at only Sh500,000 (Sh100,000 per acre). On purchase of the five acres, the first 50 buyers will get an extra acre free and a ticket for a holiday at the Coast for three days and two nights,” Ng’ang’a said . Otherwise members can pay a deposit of Sh300,000 and the balance of Sh200,000 in three monthly instalments.

“Alternatively, members can get loans from Urithi Premier Sacco at an interest rate of 12 per cent per annum on reducing balance,” he added. Lulu Gardens is located near the Malindi-Lamu road, 70kms from the Galana Kulalu Irrigation Scheme, which targets to irrigate one million acres of land to produce cereals.

The State project will create jobs and economic activities for millions of Kenyans who will require food and shelter from the neighbourhood.

Lulu is situated a 45-minute drive from Malindi town before the Marereni junction and near Fundissa-Adu Shopping centre. “Urithi does not invest where the action is, but rather where the action will be tomorrow,” said Ng’ang’a.

Commercial tree planting

He said Urithi Society will guide members on agribusiness on the land. “It is arable for farming and suitable for settlement as well as speculation. Members can also practise beekeeping and grow green grams (ndengu), pinneapples, macadamia nuts and mangoes. They can also do commercial tree planting,” said the sales manager.

Lulu Gardens are also within the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (Lapsset) corridor that will open up the region and spur economic activities. “Lulu is a Kiswahili word for pearl, a precious stone of outstanding value,” said Ng’ang’a.

He said with the launch of the Standard Gauge Railway, the Coast is a five-hour journey away from Nairobi and accessing Lulu Gardens will be a one-day trip.

Urithi has several other projects in Malindi including Qweto Gardens. Meanwhile, Urithi has launched Ruiru Ridges, a housing project in Ruiru Sub-county of Kiambu county.

Ng’ang’a said the planned housing project will be a secure gated community estate. “The estate is strategically located in Ruiru along the busy Kiganjo Road,” he said. Ng’ang’a told members that the estate is located about 7km from Ruiru town along Ng’enda road, but next to the tarmac.

“It is well fenced and secure, with rich red soils ready for immediate development. The plots are also serviced with roads and water connections,” he said. Ng’ang’a was speaking to members and investors who thronged the launch of the society’s latest project at Ruiru. “It is the wish of every Kenyan to live in Muthaiga and Runda.

But since there is no space in these posh estates and prices are beyond the reach of many Kenyans, Urithi is bringing Muthaiga and Runda to Ruiru,” said Ng’ang’a.

He said the estate is divided into courts, each court has different house typologies to choose from and varieties of design from the work several architects based on the plot size and topography.

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