November, 2016

Editors Note 

Welcome to your informative and authoritative The KARA Monthly Newsletter. We welcome your valued feedback. We appreciate Membley Park Residents Association for being the latest members of Kara. Welcome on board! We invite you to 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. 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


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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