The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) leadership held a meeting with the Nairobi City County Governor H.E. Sakaja Arthur Johnson at City Hall to discuss service delivery priorities for Resident Associations in Nairobi and share views on establishment of a structured and effective mechanism of engagement with the County Government.

A delegation from Kara led by the Chairman, Mr. Richard Nyaga paid a courtesy call to Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber K. Ottichilo to discuss about effective mechanisms for engagement with the County Government on service delivery issues, and collaboration in enhancing access to better services.

KARA CEO Henry Ochieng paid a courtesy call on Tana River County Governor H.E. Major (Rtd) Dr. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana to discuss possible areas of service delivery collaboration.

Kara in collaboration with Mombasa County Government, UN-Habitat, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), European Union in Kenya and Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani conducted a clean-up exercise at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach aimed at raising awareness on plastic pollution and stimulate debate and collaboration among stakeholders within the GoBlue project and the wider ocean community to act against marine littering.

“This initiative is geared ‘towards achieving a Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment Conservation, by reducing the amount of waste especially plastics disposed in to the landfills and the ocean. For this reason, we are engaging community members to help them adopt best practices around segregation of waste at source” noted Henry Ochieng, CEO, Kara.

The clean-up campaign culminated in Kara’s participation in the GoBlue project implementing partners meeting held at the GoBlue offices in Mombasa. The meeting was convened by UN-Habitat and UN Environment Programme to strategically find synergies, prevent duplications of project activities and develop strong alliances between the implementing partners. Kara is one of the implementing partners and is specifically leading the component of mobilizing coastal communities, residents & neighborhood associations engagement in the GoBlue project.

Kara also participated in the launch of a waste clean-up programme by Homa Bay Governor, H.E. Gladys Wanga meant to create awareness among residents on the importance of having a clean environment. The programme which commenced in Homa Bay town, is set to be rolled out in other towns within the county and will be carried out once every month. The exercise involved sweeping, unblocking multiple drainage systems and collection of garbage at the bus stop and the main market in the town centre.

The Governor stated that the County will come up with by-laws that will help in dealing with the management of solid wastes. “Anybody found throwing litter all over would be subjected to penalties in form of fines,” she said. “This move is meant to compel those with the intention of derailing these efforts to think twice before littering irresponsibly” she added.

She challenged County residents to support the initiative of a waste-free county by taking responsibility of cleaning their immediate surroundings.

Uasin Gishu County Government conducted stakeholder engagement forums across the region in its quest to ensure that Eldoret town attains a city status.

Nairobi County is planning to designate new garbage collection points in the sub-counties to tame illegal dumping.

The Sh6 billion Buxton affordable housing project in Mombasa has received an award after achieving the mixed-use development model.

Dubbed “Africa’s Cop” the 27th iteration of the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC is scheduled for 6th to 18th of November, 2022.

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) supports the ongoing crackdown by the Nairobi City County Government through the Director of Liquor Licensing, on bars in Nairobi that are responsible for excessive noise and vibration across various neighborhoods.

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KARA has partnered with Opticom Kenya Ltd to leverage on technology to improve safety and security in the neighborhoods.

KARA is scheduled to hold a meeting with the new Governor for Nairobi City H.E. Johnson Sakaja on 27th September 2022.

The Kyuna Neighbours Association (KNA) is demanding investigations into the rampant irregular state approvals for buildings in its neighbourhood despite other arms of the government ruling otherwise.

Investors and homeowners who are seeking to dispose off their properties will be subjected to more levy charges starting January next year.

The Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning will create modules and interfaces on its current and existing land digital platforms to allow professionals transact land issues without visiting its physical offices.

Kara has opposed the new water tariff proposals by the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.

Kara in partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation, held a series of gubernatorial candidates debates to provide a platform for county residents to engage the candidates and get their commitment on key service delivery priorities.

Kara has partnered with UN Habitat to promote effective local community & neighborhood associations’ involvement in the Go-Blue initiative at the coast.

Kara in partnership with Safaricom hosted a Webinar on protection of Telecommunication Infrastructures on 4th August, 2022.

Kara in collaboration with Institute of Professional Security Studies (IPSS) has commenced training of Resident Associations