The National Land Commission (NLC) will work with Kara to address various challenges affecting management of public land, especially open spaces within neighbourhood.

As you may be aware, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a locally appropriate means of improving the quality of public transport provision in many cities around the world.

 

September, 2016

Editors Note 

Welcome to your informative and authoritative The KARA Monthly Newsletter. We welcome your valued feedback. We appreciate Valley View Residents Association; Ngei Phase I Residents Association and Sarit Center for renewing their membership for 2016. Like our interactive members facebook page: The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations and follow us on twitter: @Kara_Kenya. Also join our blog karakenya.wordpress.com to contribute to topical subjects. We are glad you are reading

  Key Highlights 

  1. 1. Legislation: Law to strengthen Residents Associations collaboration with Nairobi County Government enacted
  2. Environment: Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Environment Cabinet Secretary urges partnership with Residents Associations to create awareness on Electro Magnetic Frequency
  3. Service Delivery: Governor Kidero vows to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement in service delivery agenda
  4. Business Expo: Have you registered for the Kara Business Expo & Conference?
  5. Transport: Kara to push for adoption of Non Motorized Transport policy

Legislation: Law to strengthen Residents Associations collaboration with Nairobi County Government enacted

Nairobi City County Government has enacted a law that provides a framework for structured and effective engagement between Residents Associations and the County Government. The formulation of the Nairobi City County Community and Neighbourhood Associations Engagement Act, 2016 was initiated by KARA in response to lack of a legal and strong engagement mechanism between Residents Associations and the County Government. The Act was published on Friday, 26th August 2016 and shall come into operation upon expiry of ninety (90) days from the date of its publication. While some of the provisions Kara pushed for were not included in the final law, we are nonetheless pleased that its enactment is a step in the right ...Read_More


 Environment: Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Environment Cabinet Secretary urges partnership with Residents Associations to create awareness on Electro Magnetic Frequency 

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called on mobile phone operators and relevant Government agencies to partner with Residents Associations in creating awareness on the effect of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emanating from Base Transceiver Stations (BTS). Speaking at a forum organized by Kara in collaboration with National Environment Management Authority and Communications Authority, the CS pointed out that most of the complaints about negative effect of EMF are due to lack of proper information that leads to unnecessary fears...Read_More

Service Delivery: Governor Kidero promises to strengthen stakeholders’ engagement in service delivery agenda 

Kara participated in Nairobi County Governor’s round table meeting with Business Membership Organizations (BMO) where various service delivery issues were discussed.  The issues included decongestion of roads, solid waste management, uncontrolled development, illegal structures, land grabbing, cashless payment, street lighting, security, County fees and charges, overlapping regulations, inter-County business challenges among others. Speaking at the forum, the Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero acknowledged that there are some challenges affecting efficient & effective service delivery and said that the County Government is ready to work with various stakeholders towards finding sustainable solutions...Read_More 

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

Preparations for the Kara Business Expo and Conference slated for November 25-27, 2016 at the Sarit Center are on course. Many thanks to our confirmed sponsors, exhibitors and partners so far namely: Safaricom Ltd, Wananchi Group Ltd, Sarit Center, Kenya Revenue Authority, 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).

The Kara Business Expo & Conference, under the theme Promoting Business Relations with Kenyas Residents Associations, will bring together corporate organizations and businesses drawn from different sectors of the economy to showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market. The participating sponsors, partners and exhibitors will have a golden opportunity to meet Kara members from across the country (Resident Associations), invited organizations and business executives so as to network, seal deals and broaden their clientele base. To register as a participant, exhibitor or sponsors contact Nancy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0725983445 or 0733779585.

Transport: Kara to push for adoption of Non-Motorized Transport policy   

 

Kara in collaboration with Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) developed a Non Motorized Transport (NMT) Policy for Nairobi County. The objective of the policy is to ensure harmonization, prioritization and coordination of NMT facility development and maintenance in Nairobi. The enactment of the policy is however yet to be completed as it has not gone through the County Assembly for adoption. 

Kara is keen to work with various stakeholders to ensure that the policy is fully enacted and its implementation commenced immediately. In this regard, we have partnered with University of Nairobi’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS) to engage the Nairobi County Assembly Sectoral Committee on Transport and Public Works in order to discuss the NMT policy, present its merits and agree on how to work together to ensure that the enactment process is complete. We also intend to engage the County Executive in developing an action matrix to guide implementation of the policy

Calendar of Events: September 2016

6 September – Launch of The city’s report on the state of Urban Safety
7 September - City Park stakeholders forum at National Museum of Kenya
15 September - Nairobi City County Non Motorized Transport(NMT) Stakeholders' Forum.
20-21 September - The Post United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA)-2 2016 Workshop
27 September - Kara Governing Council Meeting
25-27 November - Kara Business Expo and Conference at Sarit Centre

 

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Nation: After living in Zimmerman for most of his life, Mr Dennis Gatune, an IT manager with a city-based firm, decided to move out after seeing the estate decline drastically.

KARA participated in Nairobi Governor’s round table meeting with Business Membership Organizations (BMO) where various service delivery issues were discussed.


The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called on mobile phone operators and relevant Government agencies to partner with Residents Associations in creating awareness regarding the effect of Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emanating from Base Transceiver Stations (BTS).

Nairobi City County Government has enacted a law that provides a framework for structured and effective engagement between Residents Associations and the County Government. The formulation of the Nairobi City County Community and Neighbourhood Associations Engagement Act, 2016 was initiated by KARA in response to lack of a legal and strong engagement mechanism between Residents Associations and the County Government. The Act was published on Friday, 26th August 2016 and shall come into operation upon expiry of ninety (90) days from the date of its publication. While some of the provisions Kara pushed for were not included in the final law, we are nonetheless pleased that its enactment is a step in the right direction and provides an opportunity for Residents Associations to have more say on how decisions (especially on planning) affecting them are made. The specific objectives of the Act are to:

  • Establish a legal framework for the engagement, promotion and facilitation of community and neighbourhood associations in their support and co-operation 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 to Article 10 of the constitution
  • Recognize and facilitate community and neighborhood initiatives in complementing County Government Services, including in security, waste management, water and sanitation
  • Establish a recognition framework for the community and neighborhood associations
  • Provide for the competencies and responsibilities of the neighborhood initiatives and associations
  • Strengthen capacities of associations to enforce regulations aimed at enhancing service provision.

Some of the key highlights of the Act include:

  • The County Government shall enter into recognition agreement with Resident Associations aimed at enhancing the role of the Associations in monitoring compliance with the County planning regulations and zoning requirements in respect of their neighborhood; protection of public utility land and recreational facilities; management of garbage collection and payments.
  • The County Government in consultation with the Residents Associations may delineate respective zones within the County which shall be recognized as areas of the respective neighbourhood associations.
  • The County Government shall at least twice a year convene a forum of Residents Associations to discuss County Government programmes of interest to the residents.   
  • Where two thirds of members of an Association pass a lawful resolution under the mandate of the Association, the resolution shall be binding to the rest of the members within the Association.
  • The County Government may grant waivers on rates, fees and other charges due to it from members of an Association that have successfully implemented recognition agreement entered into with the County Government.
  • The County Government may enter into agency arrangements with any Association for the purpose of providing services.

 

KARA intends to actively engage the County Government to ensure that the Act is effectively implemented and input from Residents Associations reflected in decisions affecting them. We will also do continuous review of the Act and where necessary propose amendments after expiry of six months from the date of publication of the Act. In the meantime, we are working on a national Residents Associations Bill that will address the interests of Residents Associations across the country.

Preparations for the Kara Business Expo and Conference slated for November 25-27, 2016 at the Sarit Center are on course.

 

July, 2016

Editors Note 

Welcome to your informative and authoritative The KARA Monthly Newsletter. We welcome your valued feedback. We are pleased to welcome on board KK Security Ltd as the latest members of Kara under the Corporate Benefactor Membership category. We look forward to exciting partnership with the company. Like our interactive members facebook page: “The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations” and follow us on twitter: “@Kara_Kenya.” Also join our blog “karakenya.wordpress.com” to contribute to topical subjects. We are glad you are reading 

  Key Highlights 

  1. National Cohesion: Kenya is at its worst security index: NCIC Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo
  2. Infrastructure: Public private partnerships key to realizing safer streets for all by design
  3. Security: Kara-Safaricom security forum heads to Mombasa
  4. Business Expo: Have you registered for the Kara Business Expo & Conference?
  5. Budget: Kara response to FY2016/2017 budget estimates

National Cohesion: Kenya is at its worst security index - NCIC Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo                            

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. The index is at 40 per cent compared to 2012, a year before the 2013 general elections, when the index was at 56 per cent. He revealed this during Kara’s 49th Bimonthly Talk Series forum when he addressed participants on Kenya’s national cohesion and integration status. Mr. Kaparo said that Kenya is currently divided along ethnic lines more than ever before with counties leading in perpetuating violence despite efforts to reduce tension. He warned that come 2017, Kenya should brace itself for possible violence emanating from counties' leadership wrangles. The situation is made worse by the fact that leaders and Kenyans in general don’t want to talk about the divisions and come up with a solution...Read_More

 Infrastructure: Public private partnerships key to realizing safer streets for all by design                            

 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. In most of Kenya’s urban cities, the practice is to design streets with the only goal being to facilitate movement of vehicles. However, this is bound to change as the Government is putting measures in place to ensure development of complete streets in Kenya’s urban areas. This was revealed during a policy dialogue forum on complete streets and urban design guidelines organized by Kara in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) of Columbia University, New York...Read_More

Security: Kara-Safaricom security forum heads to Mombasa                                                               

 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. After successfully organizing the Nairobi forum, our next destination is Mombasa. The forum will be held on 21st July 2016 at the Royal Court Hotel from 12 noon to 2.30pm on the theme: What is the place of technological innovation in the fight against insecurity in Kenya? Expected participants at the forum include leading security experts, business people, senior government officers, media among others. To participate in the forum get in touch with us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sarah on 0725983445 or 0733779585.

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

Kara has organized a business expo and conference event aimed at Promoting business relations between the business community and Kenya’s Residents Associations. The expo will bring together corporate organizations and businesses drawn from different sectors of the economy to showcase their products, services and capacity to serve the market. The participating exhibitors will be looking forward to meet members of Kara from across the country, invited groups and executives so as to network; seal deals and broaden their clientele. The event is scheduled to run from 25th-27th November 2016 at the Sarit Center in Nairobi. To register as a participant, exhibitor or sponsors contact Nancy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0725983445 or 0733779585.

Kara Annual General Meeting & Subscription Payment                                                                         

The FY2016/17 Budget Estimates as read by the Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich will lead to difficult economic times for the ordinary Kenyan. The cost of living is set to rise significantly with the introduction of excise duty on kerosene which is used by nearly 70% of Kenyans. The explanation that the tax is intended to addresses the issue of adulterated kerosene is in itself an indictment of the government institutions charged with the role of ensuring proper standards and quality for goods and services in our markets. Already majority of Kenyans are struggling to make ends meet and this move will only serve to exacerbate the situation...Read_More

Calendar of Events: July 2016

6th  July:         KARA Resource Mobilization Committee Meeting

6th  July:         NCCG Stakeholders Meeting on Nairobi City County Dog Control and Welfare Draft Rules

7th  July:          Public HoIiday: Idd-Ul-Fitr

19th July:         KARA Governing Council Meeting

21st  July:         KARA/ Safaricom Luncheon Forum on Security in Mombasa

26th Aug :         KARA Bi-Monthly Talk Series Forum - 50 in Kisumu

 

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When it comes to matters of health & environmental effect of Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) that emanates from Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) opinions are varied.

Kara in partnership with Safaricom Ltd held a successful forum in Mombasa to discuss security challenges at the Coast and how technology can be applied to fight insecurity.

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

Editors Note 

Welcome to your informative and authoritative The KARA Monthly Newsletter. We welcome your valued feedback. Many thanks to Dam View Estate Residents Association and Hardy Residents Association for renewing their membership to Kara. “Like” our interactive members facebook page: “The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations” and follow us on twitter: @Kara_Kenya. Also join our blog “karakenya.wordpress.com” to contribute to topical subjects. We are glad you are reading

  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.