NATION: The eviction of over 1,000 squatters and their families from a 40 acre parcel of land acquired by the government 32 years ago for occupation by the Kenya Army, but later transferred fraudulently to private companies has been stopped by the High Court.

Justice George Odunga prohibited police and a private developer — the Kasarani Mall Limited — from kicking out the families from the Sh2 billion parcel in Kasarani, Nairobi, to pave the way for the development of a multi-million business enterprise.

Justice Odunga, who certified the case urgent, said the families who have been residing in the land for over 30 years will suffer. The community has built shops, residential houses, churches and schools.

The government put a caveat on the land after the Kenya Army failed to occupy it as intended. The plot has since been fraudulently transferred to individuals and private companies.

“Eviction of the 1,000 families dubbed squatters will contravene their constitutional rights,” said the judge.

He allowed three petitioners Francis Kiarie, Francis Kinuthia and Kimiti Wanjaria to sue the Attorney-General and the Inspector-General of Police over the eviction without a notice.

SUPERVISE ILLEGAL EVICTION

Justice Odunga prohibited police from evicting the families pending determination of the case.

The case was filed by lawyer Aggrey Odiwuor Kenyatta who told the judge that officers from Kasarani Police Station had been requested by Kasarani Mall Ltd to “supervise the illegal eviction.”

The land was formerly owned by a Mr Mayer Jacob, who died in December 25, 1974, and is now registered in the name of Kasarani Mall Ltd.

“Upon the death of Mayer Jacob, his children Raphael Jacob Samuel and Meshumor Jacob Samuel were granted letters of administration but in 1985 the then District Officer Northern Division Kasarani indicated the government intended to acquire it for use by the Kenya Army,” Justice Odunga was told.

The court further heard that the government paid the family Sh23 million in compensation for the acquisition.

“The Kenya Army never moved to occupy the land although it had been acquired under the Land Acquisition Act 1968 for public utility.”

“It was transferred to Solio Construction Ltd and later to Kasarani Mall Ltd fraudulently,” the judge heard.

The lawyer was ordered to serve the parties for a hearing on Friday.

On behalf of Kara and on my own behalf, I would like to thank our members, friends and partners for the steadfast support in the year 2016 that enabled us to realize notable milestones for the benefit of our members....


Kara successfully hosted the inaugural Kara Business Expo and Conference event on 25th to 27th November 2016 at Sarit Centre.

Kara delegation led by the CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng, paid a courtesy call on the Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Ms. Sicily Kariuki to discuss possible areas of collaboration with the Ministry.

The Nairobi City County Community & Neighbourhood Associations Engagement Act came into effect on November 26th 2016 following the lapse of 90 days after being signed into law by the Governor on August 26th 2016.

Nation: Mr. Faraj Mzito sits on a stone outside his house in Ziwani Estate in Nairobi, contemplating his next move. Mr. Mzito is a fourth generation dweller in Ziwani, which is the only home he knows.  That is why the recent announcement by the Nairobi County government that tenants in the estate must move to the pave way for the construction of new houses, has left him worried and unsettled.

The house he lives in was owned by his great-great grandparents, who passed it down to his parents, who in turn passed it down to him and two of his siblings. However, Mr. Mzito, his siblings and their families have to find alternative accommodation to pave the way for the multimillion project that is aimed at using the land to house more people in apartment blocks.

The old houses were built in 1950s, and were once decent dwellings that were home to the late Tom Mboya and former Nairobi mayor Joe Akech. Those who got the homes first passed them down to the next generation, and with time they became “family property”.

Mr. Mzito, 44, says that as the families grew but did not wish to live far from one another, the residents started building corrugated iron sheet extensions to “accommodate a whole family in one compound”.

A trip to the estate recently revealed that the houses accommodate up to eight households, with the parents occupying the main house while their sons and their families live in the extensions. The residents pay rents of between Sh1, 000 and Sh3, 000 depending on the size of the house, which is way below those in most city estates. And that is the reason most residents have lived in the estate for years, Mr. Mzito says.

As the population grew, the haphazard construction of extensions to accommodate the rising numbers turned the estates into a veritable slum, with garbage and overflowing sewers all over. For years, the county council also neglected the estates, forcing the residents to maintain them themselves.

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations has organized a 3 day Business Expo & Conference to be held on November 25th to 27th 2016 at the Sarit Center in Westlands, Nairobi.


NATION: After graduating from the university last year and getting a job on the outskirts of Nairobi, Judy Wangui, 24, decided it was time to be independent since she had spent her years as a university student moving from one relative’s house to another.

NATION:“There’s a perception that with real estate, one can never go wrong,” he says. “Many people with spare money to invest fancy property because of its (perceived) hands-off approach when it comes to management.

November, 2016

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  Key Highlights 

  1. Tax Awareness: Kara receives Presidential Award for promoting tax awareness & education
  2. Urban Development: Implementation of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) Begins
  3. Service Delivery: Kara nominated to be a member of taskforce on promoting better service delivery
  4. Business Expo: Have you registered for the Kara Business Expo & Conference?
  5. Sustainable Development Goals: Government Urged to invest in public awareness and education
  6. Transport: We need planned cities to cater for pedestrians and motorists

Tax Awareness: Kara receives Presidential Award for promoting tax awareness and education

KARA was honoured to be among the Presidential Awardees during the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Taxpayers’ Day 2016. At an event organized by KRA on 28th October 2016 to celebrate taxpayers in Kenya, KARA received the Distinguished Taxpayers 2016 Award for Rental Income Awareness. This award is as a result of the partnership KARA had with KRA to promote public awareness and education on Tax Amnesty on Rental Income and the simplified tax rates across the country...Read_More 

 Urban Development: Implementation of Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) begins 

The Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) has embarked on implementation of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) whose preparation was finalized in 2014. The goals of the plan include: To provide spatial order of physical investments; Enhance quality of life for inhabitants; Guide investments by providing location criteria; Embrace the evolving urban policy regime in integrating social economic, environmental and political issues under one unitary framework. The County Government has identified priority programs in various sectors to be undertaken under the NIUPLAN. The sectors include urban development; urban transport; infrastructure development; Environment and urban development management. Kara has been invited by the County Government to be part of the team that will monitor implementation of the plan and provide feedback. We intend to play an active role not only in monitoring implementation of the plan but also in the design of the various projects under the plan.  

Service Delivery: Kara nominated to be a member of taskforce on promoting better service delivery 

Kara has been nominated to be part of a taskforce to be appointed by the Governor to engage Nairobi City County Government in finding solutions to the challenges facing businesses and residents of Nairobi. The proposed taskforce draws its membership from the members of Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) coalition currently hosted by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). Other proposed members of the taskforce include KAM, United Business Association (UBA), Kenya National Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) and ...Read_More

Business Expo: Have you registered for the Kara Business Expo & Conference?       

Preparations to host the KARA Business Expo & Conference on November 25 – 27, 2016 at the Sarit Center, Nairobi, are at an advanced stage. Join us in welcoming on board our latest sponsors: Wadi Degla Clubs; KK Security and Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company. Thank you for identifying with this great event!

The expo & conference, under the theme Promoting Business Relations with Kenya’s Residents Associations, has been endorsed by Nairobi City County Government and will bring together organizations from both the private and public sector to showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market. The participating sponsors, partners and exhibitors will have an opportunity to interact with Residents Associations, various invited groups and the wider  public with a view to create new networks, seal deals and broaden their clientele base. The event is designed to uniquely blend businesses with Residents Associations for mutual benefit. Other confirmed sponsors include Safaricom Ltd, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Wananchi Online Ltd

 Some of the confirmed exhibitors/partners include: Kenya Revenue Authority, National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya National Chambers of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI), Kilimani Foundation, Optiven Ltd, Sun n’ Sand Beach Resort, Sai Office Supplies, Ideas Spot, Diva Interior Designers, Side Lake Enterprises, Youth and Success Association, Kenya Green Building Society, The Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations (KNFJKA), Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK), SME-Pitch, Anti-Counterfeit Agency among others...Read_More

Sustainable Development Goals: Government challenged to invest in public awareness and education.   

The 51st edition of the Kara Bi-monthly Talk Series (BTS) forum was held on 11th October 2016 on the theme: Understanding Sustainable Development Goals and expected impact on Kenya’s development. The forum was held against the backdrop of the recent adoption of the 17 SDGs by the global community. The goals are designed to guide the global development agenda and address socio-economic challenges such as climate change, poor sanitation, poverty, illness among others. During the BTS forum, participants challenged the Government to take lead in creating public awareness and education on the SDGs since the level of public awareness regarding the goals is still very low and majority don’t understand how the SDGs will impact on Kenyans…Read_More

 Transport: We need planned cities to cater for pedestrians and motorists   

Most people would agree that Nairobi is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly cities in the world. It is a city built for the motor vehicle, not for people who ride bicycles or walk. Few of the new roads that have been built have pavements or bicycle paths alongside them. Yet, pedestrians and cyclists comprise the majority of road users in the city. If Nairobi were a place that catered to the needs of most of its residents, there would be more pavements, bicycle paths, public parks, and playing fields in the city...Read_More

Calendar of Events: September 2016

1 November   -          Kara Courtesy Call on Ms. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

4 November   -          Ndakaini Dam Tree Planting Exercise

8 November   -          World Town Planning Day walk and cycling

8-10 November -        Town and County Planning and Development Conference in Mombasa

9 November   -          U.S. Presidential Election Breakfast

15 November   -        Bamburi Cement Launch of Geocycle in Kenya

17 November   -        Safaricom Electro-Magnetic Frequency Booklet Launch

25-26th November -    Kara Business Expo & Conference at the Sarit Centre

 

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The Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) has embarked on implementation of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) whose preparation was finalized in 2014.


The Star: Laws guiding the establishment of towns and cities will be amended to reflect the current realities, Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi has said.


The Standard: Residents living in houses that sit on land earmarked for the Sh300 billion Urban Renewal Project will be given money for alternative housing.


Most people would agree that Nairobi is one of the most pedestrian-unfriendly cities in the world.


The 51st edition of the Kara Bi-monthly Talk Series (BTS) forum was held on 11th October 2016 on the theme: Understanding Sustainable Development Goals and expected impact on Kenya’s development.


Preparations to host the KARA Business Expo & Conference on November 25 – 27, 2016 at the Sarit Center, Nairobi, are at an advanced stage.


Kara has been nominated to be part of a taskforce to be appointed by the Governor to engage Nairobi City County Government in finding solutions to the challenges facing businesses and residents of Nairobi.

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) is honoured to be among the Presidential Awardees during the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Taxpayers’ Day 2016.

 Plans are underway to develop a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Nairobi in order to improve the quality of public transport provision and enhance social mobility of those that live and work in the City.


Representatives of Residents Associations who attended the Kara Chairpersons’ forum held on 27th September 2016 resolved to support Kara