Kara in partnership with Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has launched an online and mobile application platform called “Hatua” (www.hatua.or.ke) which will allow users to file complaints and report cases of waste management in the residential areas,


Kara in partnership with Safaricom hosted a Webinar on E-waste Management on the subject: “Achieving sustainable environmental management in Kenya through effective E-waste management.


The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has urged residents and politicians to maintain peace and order during the campaign period ahead of the August 9th General Elections.

Residents of City Park Estate in Parklands have sued a private developer building highrise residential apartments in their neighborhood without approval.


The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is set to spend Sh1.4 billion to build pedestrian and cycling lanes in estates surrounding the city.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has raised the alarm over the number of boreholes in Nairobi’s Eastleigh.

The Environment and Lands Court has stopped an attempt by the county government of Kisumu to increase land rates.This comes after a ruling that the devolved unit did not follow the law when developing the Draft Valuation Roll 2017 that was to effect the new charges in a process that cost the taxpayer Sh70 million.

However, this was before John Michael Obure, a resident of Manyatta estate in Kisumu, moved to court to challenge the county government’s decision terming the proposed new land rates illegal.

And the judgment, on Friday 28th January 2022, by Justice Anthony Ombwayo, of the Environment and Lands Court sitting in Kisumu, is a major relief for landowners who were facing the prospect of shouldering the weight of an increase in annual rates of up to 7,277 per cent on freehold land and 5,343 per cent on leasehold land, according to obure.

The increments were part of the Draft Valuation Roll 2017 that Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s administration developed to boost locally generate revenue.

The orders by the court prohibit the county government from commencing, instituting, undertaking, continuing, or proceeding with all or any proceedings and processes concerning the Draft Valuation Roll 2017.

Justice Ombwayo’s order also means the county government may have spent Sh70 million in public funds developing a Valuation Roll that detailed the proposed increments in vain.

In his suit, Obure sought several orders, including an order quashing a gazette notice the county government had relied on in its attempts to effect the changes.He told the court that he became aware of the increased rates after the county government notified him through the Draft Valuation Roll 2017 it had developed.

Property owners in Mombasa got a reprieve after the High Court in Malindi voided the decision by the county government to raise land and property rates. According to the new valuation roll gazetted by Governor Hassan Joho's administration, all property owners were to start paying the new rates in March 2020.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has been urged to enhance public participation in urban planning process to ensure sustainable development in the County.

KARA with the support of European Union in Kenya, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Amkeni WaKenya Programme

People Daily

An application has been developed that is bound to improve service delivery in Nairobi.

Online 2021 awards Registrations

BACKGROUND 

The Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards (ARAEA) is an initiative of The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) designed to recognize, reward and celebrate Resident Associations that have demonstrated exemplary performance in promoting access to public services and made extraordinary positive impact on their community. The awards are informed by the fact that Resident Associations play a very vital role in enhancing access to public services and improving quality of life in Kenya yet these efforts are rarely recognized and appreciated. Additionally, the awards serve to focus public attention on the importance of Resident Associations in promoting structured engagement with the government and other service delivery players as well as championing the interest of their members. 

Winners of ARAEA are identified through a competitive process by competent panel of judges and awarded at a gala event. The gala event for the 4th ARAEA will be held on 17th December 2021 and will be attended by representatives of various Resident Associations; Government; Community Leaders; Media among other service delivery stakeholders. A special category has been introduced to recognize and celebrate Resident Associations that rolled out initiatives that effectively contributed to the fight against COVID 19 pandemic.

Download : ARAEA_Entry Form


Download : 4th Annual Resident Associations Excellence Awards-Call for Entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA) is now accepting entries for the 2021 ARAEA

Eligibility 

 Entries are open to Resident Associations registered in Kenya and with projects or initiatives that fall under any  of the listed award categories.

Submission    

  • All submissions should describe the project/initiative undertaken by the Association and that falls under any of the listed award categories.
  • Eligible project/Initiatives must have been completed between January 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
  • All submissions will be made through direct entries with brief citations demonstrating how the Residents Association has practically enhanced access to public services in a specified sector, impacted positively on the community and contributed to improvement of quality of life in the neighborhood.
  • Other potential awardees may be proposed indirectly, by the public and even by people they may not know, as long as the citation provided can be authenticated.
  • Citations should be accompanied by high quality photographic evidence as this is important for the judging process.
  • An independent panel of judges carefully selected to include governance experts; experienced community development professionals, Media practitioners among others will review the entries and make a decision on the winners and runners up for each award category.
  • The judges will have the final word on who is to be awarded for each category.

AWARD CATEGORIES            

  • Mazingira Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards promotion of a sustainable environmental management at the neighborhood level

  • Usalama Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards promotion of security at the neighborhood level

  • Mawasiliano Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association that has leveraged on creative communication approaches to ensure improved and structured communication among its membership.

  • Maji Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards access to better water services for its members 

  • Afya Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards better hygiene and sanitation conditions within their neighbourhood 

  • Mihadarati Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards the fight against alcohol and drug abuse in Kenya 

  • Viwanja Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has immensely contributed towards protection of public spaces within their neighborhood. 

  • Ujenzi Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association whose work has Immensely contributed towards the fight against uncontrolled and illegal development within their neighborhood

  • COVID 19 Mitigation

The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward residents association that carried out initiatives that had immense positive impact on the fight against COVID 19 pandemic

HOW TO MAKE SUBMISSION

Submissions can be received from Resident Associations for the various categories. A maximum of three submissions per Association is allowed. To make your submission, you are required to complete the Entry Form which can be downloaded at the KARA website, www.kara.or.ke

and send to the secretariat through the contacts below on or before 26th November 2021. Any entries received after the closing date will be automatically disqualified. 

Contacts:

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA)

P.O Box 1411 – 00100 NAIROBI.

Tel: 0725983445; 0203874331/3873828

Isiara Place, Kingara Close, off Kingara Road, House No.10 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Website: www.kara.or.ke

 

Our attention is drawn to the move by the County Government to collect parking fees from parking areas within various estates in Nairobi as a way of achieving the revenue collection targets.

A case filed by residents of Runda Gardens Residents Association opposing the construction of a church in the neighbourhood has been referred to the environment tribunal.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the Nairobi City County Government launched the Nairobi City County Environmental Sustainability and Circular Economy Awareness Campaign on 21st June 2021 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

Kara with support of UNDP Kenya and the European Union successfully held a football tournament at Makongeni sports ground in Makongeni estate

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Kara in partnership with Hanns Siedel Foundation organized the 89th Bi-monthly Talk Forum on Tuesday, 8th June 2021.

Kara hosted the Nairobi City County Chief Valuer Mr. Isaac Nyoike on Thursday, 17th June 2021 at a virtual forum to discuss and enable property owners understand more about the effect of the New Draft Valuation Roll for Nairobi County.

Kara hosted the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Deputy Director General, Mr. Kangethe Thuku at a virtual forum organized to get feedback from NMS on service delivery concerns

More than 1,000 Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) were distributed to waste pickers working in Dandora dumpsite to minimize risks of COVID-19 infections for the waste pickers.