The recent documentary regarding the faded glory of the once enviable Buru Buru estate is a classical example of what happens when there is total disregard of physical planning laws and regulations.


April, 2016

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  Key Highlights 

1.     Service Delivery: Kara to Streamline Engagement with Land & Health Ministries

2.     Capacity Building: County Leaders Trained on Performance Management

3.     Membership: Kara Graces Members’ Annual General Meeting

4.    Kara Annual General Meeting & Subscription Payment

5.    Environment: Karen Residents Oppose Art Unit

Service Delivery: Kara to Streamline Engagement with Land & Health Ministries                                            

Kara held a meeting with the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development and Ministry of Health earlier in the year at which it was agreed that the engagement between Kara and the Ministries will be strengthened and streamlined. To realize this goal, the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development has appointed Mr. Moses Gatana as the liaison person specifically tasked with handling Kara matters and ensuring that appropriate action is taken in a timely manner.

Subsequently, Mr. Gatana has been handed the file containing various issues raised by Kara members and we expect a comprehensive response from him. In the same breath, the Ministry of Health has appointed Dr. Samuel Were as the liaison person for Kara and we already engaging him on a number of issues that are of interest to the Alliance.

 Capacity Building: County Leaders Trained on Performance Management                                     

The 6th edition of the 3-days Kara training workshop for County leaders took place on the 16th-18th March 2016 in Nairobi. The focus of the training was on County Human Resources Performance Management for Better Service Delivery and it was attended by members of County Public Service Boards from Mandera, Wajir, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Uasin Gishu and Kwale Counties.

The workshop was officially opened by the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Prof. Margaret Kobia. Making her remarks, she highlighted the gains realized in streamlining and strengthening capacity of civil servants in Kenya. She advised participants to always ensure fairness and accountability while conducting their duties and challenged them to formulate and implement policies that promotes better management of human resources in order to enhances access to service delivery at the Counties.

Speaking at the forum, KARA chairman Mr. Richard Nyaga encouraged participants to utilize the new skills and knowledge gained during the training to improve service delivery and access in their respective Counties. He stated that Kara will continue carrying out the trainings and will seek partnerships with various key institutions such as the Council of Governors, Public Service Commission and County Assembly Forums in order to build synergy and develop comprehensive training programmes based on existing and emerging needs.

The workshop was officially closed by Mr. Justin Bundi, the Clerk of the National Assembly. Mr. Bundi explained the performance management mechanisms applied at the National Assembly to ensure better service delivery. He challenged participants to embrace and implement performance based human resource management at their respective Counties as a way of improving services and ensuring that Kenyans benefit from devolution.


Membership: Kara Graces Members’ Annual General Meetings                                                               

Kara was pleased to be part of the Annual General Meeting for North Coast Rate Payers & Resident Association (NCRRA) and Ngei II Langata Residents Association. Kara CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng addressed the NCRRA meeting and interacted with members on a range of issues that are of interest to North Coast residents. He challenged participants at the meeting to support the Association by participating in its activities and paying the necessary subscription as this will make it stronger in advocating for their interest. He advised the Association to actively engage the County Government in a structured way and push for better service delivery. Mr. Ochieng pointed out that due to lack of proper legal framework, Associations have challenges in enforcing their resolutions but this is being addressed through the ongoing push for a Residents Association Act.

 The Ngei II Langata Residents Association meeting was attended and addressed by Kara Chairman Mr. Richard Nyaga who noted members commitment and interest in the Association as reflected by the good attendance. Mr. Nyaga pointed out that the Association is a strong tool for advocating for members interest such as protection of open spaces and pushing for better services from the Government. Members should therefore provide all the necessary support to the officials to make the Association stronger. He stated that Kara is working on legislations aimed at making Resident Associations stronger.

 Environment: Karen Residents Oppose Art Unit                                                                                        

Karen Ngong View Estate Association members have gone to court seeking to stop the construction of an arts and culture exhibition centre in Karen following a row with the National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) over their safety. Karen Ngong View Estate Association claims that the proposed Karen Village Culture and Heritage Centre, given the green light two years ago, may be a danger to their right to a clean, healthy as well as safe environment that is free from noise, stress and air pollution.

The residents are aggrieved that the project is set to be put up in a plot which they were aware was for residential purposes, but has apparently been earmarked for commercial use, thus set to disturb their quiet serene neighborhood. The association has sued NEMA and the owner of the property in dispute – L.R. No. 12882/3 dubbed as Karen Village Limited. They argue that any proposed measures to prevent noise, health and safety hazards as well as uncompromised security for the residents have not been shared or agreed upon. The group claims that as residents they should have been consulted on the planned change of the plot from residential to commercial use. 

Kara Annual General Meeting & Subscription Payment                                                                         

Kara The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for will be held on April 29, 2016 from 10am at the Secretariat offices. A formal notice with all the details shall be shared in due course. As you may be aware, only bona fide members who are up to date with their subscription payment are eligible to participate in the AGM. We therefore request those who are yet to regularize their membership to do so as soon as possible to enable us include you in the list of invitees for the AGM. Payments can be made through cheque, cash or Mpesa paybill number 133466. We look forward to hosting you at the AGM.

Calendar of Events: April 2016
2 April     -  Ngei Phase II Langata Residents Association Annual General Meeting
6 April     – Kara Meeting with Nairobi County Executive for Environment, Water, Sanitation & Energy
15 April   – Kara Chairman’s Forum for Members
25 April   -  Kara Bimonthly Talk Series forum – 48

28 April   -  South Coast Residents' Association 33rd Annual General Meeting

29 April   -  Kara Annual General Meeting


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KARA Chief Executive Officer Henry Ochieng and KK Security Group Sales & Marketing Manager Bill Lay exchange documents after signing a memorandum of understanding.

According to The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairman Mr. Francis Ole Kaparo, Kenya is at its worst cohesion index just few months to the general elections.

Streets comprise more than 80% of public space in most cities, but in most cases, there are no provisions for space where people can safely walk, cycle, drive and socialize.

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) condemns in the strongest terms possible the burning of the Syokimau Administration Police post by hooligans.

THE PEOPLE: National Cohesion and Integration Commission is consulting the Ministry of Education on possibility of introducing peace and cohesion subjects in schools in a bid to unite the nation.

THE STAR: The biggest political tussles in 2017 will be at county level as governors and MCAs wield powers no one had before, the NCIC has said.

THE STANDARD: According to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), this is the worst division to be witnessed in the country a year to a General Election.

FY2016/17 Budget Estimates as read by the Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich will lead to difficult economic times for the ordinary Kenyan.

Kara has partnered with Safaricom Ltd to provide platforms for the public, experts and government to discuss and share ideas on how best to address various security challenges in Kenya.

  1. Safaricom has maintained the enviable position of the most profitable company in East and Central Africa. What is the secret for the runaway success in a sector where other players seem to be faltering?

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development of Columbia University has organized a stakeholders forum on "Safer Streets for All by Design:

NATION: The Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) wants Cord leaders to compensate owners of property that was lost or destroyed during Monday’s protests in Nairobi.

Public spaces such as children playgrounds, community centres, parks, high streets play a vital role in the social life of communities.

Owners of the more than 50,000 buildings in Nairobi that were constructed without City Hall approval have three months to seek fresh permits for their property or risk demolition. Governor Evans Kidero said the law, offering a window to those who built without the county's nod, was passed last year but many developers have failed to take advantage of it.

“Buildings especially those in Embakasi, Roysambu and Ruai were constructed without approval. Probably, the owners did not have required documents,” said Kidero. “We are giving such developers 90 days to look for architects and apply to us so that we can check the integrity of their houses and give approval. If they fail we will bring them down,” said Kidero.

The Nairobi City County Regularization of Development Bill was signed into law last September. The governor's directive comes nine days since the collapse of a six-storey building in Huruma estate, killing 49 people; 140 were rescued from the rubble of the block that crumbled following heavy rains in Nairobi.

A number of high-rise buildings especially in Eastlands were built without the county’s approval. The main reason given was that the owners did not have title deeds and only held share certificates from land-buying companies.

The law has previously stipulated that one must hold a title to have their projects approved and issued with a development permit. “Teams have been formed to look at the applications (from developers) and vet them. We’ll accept post-facto (retroactive) approval for post-development drawings,” said Kidero.

"Structurally sound buildings will be approved while those with minor defects will have to be altered according to the advice of vetting engineers," the governor said.

The county boss also said that three of the seven buildings earmarked for demolition in Huruma estate have been brought down and the remaining will follow this week.

Source: The Star-> 

As part of efforts to strengthen collaboration with members and provide platform for sharing ideas on diverse service delivery issues, Kara periodically organizes Residents Associations Chairpersons’ Forum.

The Kara Annual General Meeting (AGM) was successfully held on 29th April 2016 at the secretariat offices. Besides the traditional agenda items, the meeting unanimously endorsed Messrs Paul Oyier, Arthur Namu and Ms. Natasha Njee to fill up the vacant positions in the Council.

Following the incident of a building that collapsed in Huruma estate and many other cases of substandard buildings across the country, Kara sought the views of Prof. Paul Mwangi, the Principal Secretary (PS) for Public Works at the Ministry of Land, Housing & Urban Development. Below is the response from the PS.