Following successful enactment of The Kiambu County Community and Neighborhood Associations Promotion of Participation and Engagement Act, 2016,

Kara organized a meeting with Resident Associations in Kiambu County to discuss key highlights of the Act, its benefits and effective implementation. The meeting was attended by over 70 representatives of various Resident Associations and community based organizations in Kiambu County. Both the County Assembly and County Executive of Kiambu County Government were well represented by senior officers who engaged and competently responded to the various questions raised by participants. Residents of Kiambu welcomed the move to have the legislation in place and committed to take advantage of the law to address the various service delivery challenges they have been facing. Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Officer, Department of Land, Housing and Physical Planning Mr. David Gatimu, expressed optimism that the law will streamline participation by Resident Associations on matters affecting them hence leading to better services. Kara CEO, Mr. Ochieng had this to say: “We are determined to strengthen the voice of resident associations on the governance agenda in Kenya and having a law recognizing and promoting their engagement is one way of doing so. We intend to have all the Counties enact and implement similar laws.” After successfully pushing for enactment of Nairobi City County Community & Neighbourhood Associations Engagement Act, Kara joined hands with Hon. Eng. Peter Karanja, Member of County Assembly for Kahawa Sukari Ward and founder member of Kahawa Sukari Residents Association to have a similar law developed and enacted for Kiambu County. The key objectives of the Act include:

  • Establish a legal framework for the engagement, promotion and facilitation of community and neighbourhood associations in their support, co-operation and collaborative efforts with the County Government in the delivery of services;
  • Enhance public participation in the decision making by the County Government especially with regard to service delivery and thus give effect Articles 10 and 174 of the Constitution;
  • Recognize and facilitate community and neighborhood initiatives in complementing County Governments services including security, waste management, water, sanitation, public health and other utility provision;
  • Establish a recognition framework for the community and neighborhood associations;
  • Provide for competencies and responsibilities of the community and neighborhood associations;
  • Establish framework for strengthening capacities and synergy of community and neighborhood associations to enforce regulations aimed at enhancing service provision;