The KARA Annual General Meeting was held on 29th March 2018 at the secretariat offices.

Immediately after the AGM, there was a session with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) - represented by Mr. Ali Mwanzei, Deputy Director of Field Operations - and National Land Commission (NLC) - represented by Mr. Tom Chavangi, Chief Executive Officer. Please find below a recap of the two sessions:

1. Annual General Meeting

The Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports for 2017 were noted with appreciation and adopted. Members encouraged the Alliance to continue actively engaging both the National and County Governments to ensure that issues and interests of Resident Associations are effectively dealt with.

Key highlights of the new strategic plan were presented to members and it was agreed that the focus of KARA for the next five years shall be: Empowering Resident Associations; Building a financially stable and sustainable organization; Growing a member-focused and responsive organization and developing a focused and motivated team.    

Mr. Victor Majani whose term at the Governing Council had expired but offered himself for re-election as per Article 7, Section 4b of the KARA Constitution, was unanimously re-elected for a new term of 3 years.

On the AOB regarding installation difficulties of solar water heaters into old/existing houses and application of exemption thereof, members were informed that Section 4 of Legal Notice No.43 provides for circumstances under which exemptions can be made for solar water heater installation. The legal notice is hereby attached.

On the AOB regarding status of review of zoning policy for zones 4, 5 and 15 in Nairobi, members were informed that after a meeting between KARA and the Planning Department of Nairobi City County Government, the intended review was shelved and the County Government made a formal communication to that effect (attached).

  1. Session with NEMA and NLC

Presentations were made by Mr. Mwanzei of NEMA and Mr. Chavangi of NLC on their work and how they can collaborate with Resident Associations. Members had an opportunity to engage the two speakers during the plenary.

It was agreed that NEMA and NLC will address service delivery issues raised by members on a case by case basis. In this regard, members were requested to share specific issues affecting them with KARA for further engagement with the two institutions.

It was agreed that there is need for NEMA and NLC to establish a Resident Associations desk to specifically deal with Resident Associations issues. This will be followed up with the two institutions

On the issue of grabbing of open spaces, NLC was challenged to ensure that the title deeds for open spaces in residential areas are in the name of Resident Associations to prevent fraudulent acquisition of such spaces

It was agreed that more forums will be organized with NLC and NEMA as well as other relevant institutions to provide ample time for deliberation on issues that affect Resident Associations.