NEMA partners with KARA
The National Environment Management Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) in a move aimed at enhancing environmental conservation and creation of public awareness for the facilitation of sustainable development in Kenya.
NEMA DG Prof Geoffrey Wahungu pens the deal for the Authority alongside KARA Programmes Director Henry Ochieng’. Looking on are officials from both
organisations. [PHOTO: CHRISTINE OHINYA/NEMA]
The MOU, signed on 12th Nov, 2013 at the NEMA offices is also expected to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties and to strengthen coordination of efforts that enhance environmental management in Kenya.
Speaking during the event, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said the move will increase the Authority’s capacity to conduct more outreach programmes as a basis for jointly addressing sustainable development and environmental management.
“Every Kenyan is entitled to a clean and healthy environment. Both parties have different experience, expertise, and perspectives and that their collaboration can uniquely assist in addressing Kenya’s problems of importance for environmental security to achieve safe and effective environmental management in this country”, Prof Wahungu said.
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Public hearing on NHC’s Changamwe project held
The National Housing Corporation, as part of its mandate to provide affordable housing to Kenyans, intends to build 48 units of multiple dwellings on open grounds available at its Changamwe Estate.
NHC General Manager, Estates Mr. Gideon Muange addresses the Changamwe residents during the public hearing on Friday last week. [PHOTO: ANTHONY NGARE/NEMA]
However, discontent among present tenants of bungalows at the estate on one hand pitting the management of NHC on the other has led to brewing of mistrust that has pushed two tenants’ welfare associations to go to Court.
Although overly all the tenants were supportive of the development, the lack of proper and wide consultation on the part of NHC had left the tenants seething with anger hence their scepticism that led them to seek Court’s intervention.
One of the principal concerns by the current tenants of NHC Changamwe Estate which sits next to Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited was whether the bungalows sitting on the 50 acres of land would be demolished to pave way for more high-rise buildings.
Also of considerable concern to tenants was if they would be given first priority to occupy the newly constructed units.
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