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

on 19th and 20th June 2020.The tournament dubbed ‘Seven a Side Soccer Tournament’, was geared towards creating awareness to residents and youths working in the informal waste sector on Alternative Justice System (AJS), as a means of resolving disputes and complaints in the waste management sector.  The lack of adequate Alternative Justice Systems (AJS) mechanisms for resolving disputes in the waste value chain and to positively change how we deal with post-consumer waste is a key development challenge in Kenya. In most parts of Nairobi County, there are inadequate AJS mechanisms to fully address social conflicts associated with the poor Solid Waste Management. The situation has consequently led to increased conflicts among the actors in the solid waste management sector (businesses, household consumers, waste collectors, environmentalist and government agencies).This has affected the livelihoods of the poor and the vulnerable in the sector especially the youth and women .

The tournament saw twenty two teams, namely; Pavement FC, Lazio FC Ogoro FC, Pool Billiards, Taifa Chambers, PSG FC, Saint Gigo, Mara FC, Ombitho FC, Kapedo FC, Ghetto Allstars, Badas FC, San Diego FC, Nakesa FC, TeeFirm FC, Madrigal FC, Maziwa County FC, Mc Oriena, Mama Mboga FC and Amazon FC battling out for the ultimate7 Side Soccer Tournament Cup. Maziwa County FC reached the finals of the competition and emerged the winners of the tournament which was coupled with sterling performances from the young talented footballers. The teams together with their fans and participants were sensitized on effective AJS mechanisms, in order to reduce conflicts and disputes on waste management.

Speaking during the event KARA CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng stated that KARA in partnership with UNDP through AmkeniWaKenya Programme is implementing  the ‘Access to Environmental Justice Project’ that entails engaging communities to work together using the local level structures (The Resident Associations) to resolve disputes and complaints in the solid waste management sector. This is in line with the recently launched Alternative Justice Systems Policy (2020) by the Judiciary. The AJS Policy recognizes the importance of justice systems outside the court/tribunal systems. He also gave an assurance of KARA’s continued support to Resident Associations and other community groups in enhancing access to environmental justice and public services.