Del Monte Kenya has attempted to resolve amicably with the County Government of Murang’a, since 2012, for the latter to issue a letter of no objection so that the lease on its land holdings can be renewed. This has not materialized and this lead to Del Monte Kenya moving to court.
Del Monte Kenya is disappointed that the High Court – Constitutional and Human Rights Division – decided not to make a final determination regarding the issue of their land leasehold renewal in Murang’a County. Instead the Court’s pronouncement that it lacks jurisdiction and that the issues should be handled by the Environmental and Land Court, will only serve to further delay a process that Del Monte Kenya has amicably tried to resolve but in vain, leaving in limbo the livelihood of thousands of families and hundreds of businesses that rely on the Company’s pineapple production.
For nearly 50 years, Del Monte Kenya has been dedicated to the economic development and prosperity of this region. The Company, as the single largest economic driver in the region, proudly provides valuable employment to more than 6,500 Kenyans and indirectly supports more than 28,000 other jobs. Named by Brand Africa in 2019 as Kenya’s most admired food brand, their long-standing commitment to the country has provided housing, education and medical care to tens of thousands of Kenyans and together we produce and export more than 230,000 metric tons of pineapple products each year.
“Del MONTE Kenya remains wholly committed to finding a workable and reasonable solution that will enable the Company to continue providing for the thousands of families and hundreds of businesses that depend on us.” Del Monte MD, Mr. Stergios Gkaliamoutsas